Harry Redknapp has drawn parallels between Harry Kane’s current situation and that of former Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric back in 2011, suggesting that Daniel Levy may have gone back on a promise he made to the England captain.
Modric was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea in 2011 but the transfer never materialised that summer and the midfielder eventually had to stay at Spurs for another season before getting his move to Real Madrid.
The Croatian international has spoken about the transfer saga since, admitting that he was keen on completing a move to Stamford Bridge that summer but that Levy stood in his way.
Kane now appears to be trying to force through a move to Manchester City by not showing up for training, with the striker allegedly not happy that Tottenham have not honoured an apparent gentlemen’s agreement to sell him this summer.
Redknapp revealed that Levy made a similar promise to Modric back in 2011 and suggested that the Spurs chairman might have gone back on his word this time.
When asked about the 28-year-old’s situation, the former Tottenham manager told talkSPORT Breakfast: “When I had Luka Modric at Tottenham it was quite similar.
“Chelsea made him a fantastic offer and he fancied the move, but he was under contract and Daniel [Levy] wouldn’t accept their offer so he had to stay.
“Luka got on with it and played and said ‘give me one more season and we’ll sell you with the right offer’.
“It seems like something similar has happened with Harry. Daniel has said ‘give us another year’, but unless he’s got something in writing or an actual figure.
“Daniel is probably saying ‘I will sell you, I said I’ll sell you next year and I will do that, but I’m not going to sell you cheap. If I don’t get the money I want, you are not going to move’.
“Tottenham are within their rights to do that.
“As much as I love Harry, he’s a fantastic player and great lad, but he’s in a difficult situation because if Daniel doesn’t get the money he wants he’s not going to say ‘we love you Harry, you’ve been a great servant and we’re going to let you go for this amount’.
“He’s going to want the full amount before letting him go.”
Redknapp admitted that he was surprised by the lengths Kane was willing to go to in order to engineer a move away from his boyhood club.
He added: “You wouldn’t have expected that. I would have thought he’d turned up and had a meeting with Daniel again and got it sorted out. I was a bit surprised.
“Not the best way to go about it. He’s so loved at Tottenham and it will be a shame if that got spoilt.
“It shouldn’t [get spoilt] because of what he’s done and how much he loves the club.
“He just feels now is the time to move and he’s got to go about it in the right way.
“His agent, or whoever, has got to sit down with Daniel but unless Daniel gets the money he wants it’s not going to happen.
“If he wants £160million and someone is offering £130million or £140million, they are not going to get him. Daniel won’t budge.”
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Even if there was a gentleman’s agreement in place, I doubt the agreement would have been that Levy would let Kane go for a cut-price fee. Redknapp is spot on when he says that the Spurs chairman will not bulge unless City offer a fee he deems to be fair.
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