‘I think this might take some time’ – Glenn Hoddle predicts lengthy transfer saga at Spurs

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Dom Le Roy

Harry Kane’s future at Tottenham Hotspur has been the subject of intense media speculation for the past eight days.

Sky Sports reported on Monday of last week that the striker had once again reiterated his desire to leave the club this summer.

Glenn Hoddle has warned the 27-year-old that leaving the North London club ahead of next season may not be straightforward and he could end up staying.

The former Spurs midfielder and manager admitted that he would be disappointed to see him leave but cannot blame him if he does depart.

Hoddle believes the fact that Kane still has three years remaining on his current contract could play a significant factor in Daniel Levy’s ability to command a hefty transfer fee and feels that a lot of things will have to fall into place for him to leave.

The 63-year-old does not see a swift resolution to Kane’s situation, despite the fact that the forward is said to want his future resolved ahead of next month’s European Championships.

Hoddle told talkSPORT: “I’d love Harry to stay and if he goes I wouldn’t blame him,”

“But three years is still a long time in football, it’s not like he’s coming to the end of his contract or he’s only got a year left.

“Who knows he might still stay at Tottenham because of the circumstances. I know he wants to go, we all know that now, and I don’t blame him if he feels like a move will get him the success he wants.

“He’s been very loyal to Tottenham. The fans will all be gutted, like myself, but I don’t think they can blame him either.

“But in the back of my mind I’m thinking, you’ve still got a three-year contract and if Daniel Levy wants to sell him to get the money and send it on three players or whatever he needs to do, that’s one thing.

“But I’m thinking there’s a limited number of teams he can go to, and I don’t know whether he wants to go abroad or not.

“He’s 28 and it’s going to be limited what sort of clubs are going to pay that sort of money because it’s going to be a lot that Daniel Levy will want for him.

“So I don’t think it’s over and done with, I’ve got to say. A lot of things have got to fall into place for it to happen.

“But he’s made it known that he wants to go, and I do understand that, he wants to get success and it would have been lovely if it have been with Tottenham – to think two years ago we were in the Champions League final and now we haven’t qualified for Champions League or Europa League this year, everyone is scratching their heads really because it’s an opportunity that has been missed to build from that strong position we were in.

“That’s in the past, we can’t do anything about that now and we have to look forward, whether that’s with Harry or without him… the squad needs rebuilding and it’s a big task.

“Harry wants to look back on his career and think, ‘not only was I a great player, but I won things as well’.

“Every player has a desire to win things and that’s what Harry wants to do and at the moment he sees that happening at another club and not Tottenham at this moment in time.

“It will be very difficult to turn Harry’s head from where he’s at at the moment, but it’s not as simple as that, he’s got three years left on his contract and it’s not easy, it will be difficult [for him to leave Tottenham].

“If someone comes in with the right money Daniel Levy wants, it’s going to happen and very quickly, but I don’t see it that way. I think this might take some time.”

SpursWeb Opinion

Daniel Levy is the only person who will decide on Harry Kane’s future this summer, despite whatever Kane’s hunger is to leave; unless a bid is made which satisfies the club he will be a Tottenham player next season.

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