Troy Deeney has suggested that Harry Kane did not get his proposed move to Manchester City this summer because he was not prepared to ruin his Tottenham legacy.
The Kane transfer saga, which has been unfolding since before Euro 2020 kicked off, finally came to an end for the time being earlier this week when the striker took to social media to reveal that he will be staying at Spurs this summer.
Pep Guardiola has said that City did everything they could to sign the striker but Tottenham simply refused to negotiate.
Kane marked his first start of the season in Tottenham’s Europa Conference League playoff second leg against Pacos De Ferriera on Thursday with a brace as the home side won the tie 3-1 on aggregate.
Deeney has admitted that he expected the England captain to get his move based on the way his camp were handling things earlier in the summer.
However, the Watford star insisted that the 28-year-old was right not to ruin his Spurs legacy for pushing harder for a move this summer.
Deeney wrote in his column for The Sun: “I was surprised by Harry Kane’s announcement he was staying at Tottenham.
“I thought the way it was being handled at the start suggested he was going to go.
“What that says to me is that valuations weren’t met and Kane wasn’t prepared to ruin his legacy to force a move, which is the right thing to do.
“He hasn’t ruined any legacy by what he has done. The only way he would have done that is if he had ‘tried’ to move and then it didn’t materialise.
“There has also been a lot of talk about Kane’s PR team and how they have gone about and handled this move – but they did nothing wrong in my eyes.”
— Harry Kane (@HKane) August 26, 2021
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Reading between the lines of Pep’s comments about wishing Kane the best in his “last years of his career doing well in London”, I suspect the City boss expected the striker to push harder for a transfer.
Kane could have got his move had he done a Mahrez and simply refused to train but the striker clearly decided that ruining his Spurs legacy was not worth it, particularly given that he could get a move next summer anyway.
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