Jamie Carragher has said that Harry Kane would be better off staying at Tottenham rather than joining a club just for the sake of winning a FA Cup or a League Cup.
Kane has only 15 months left on his contract with Tottenham and the North London club might have a big decision to make in the summer on whether to let him run into the final year of his deal if he does not sign a new contract soon.
However, multiple publications over recent days have indicated that the Lilywhites remain determined to tie the 29-year-old down to a new contract (The Athletic).
It has also been reported over the past 48 hours that Manchester United are hesitant about pushing ahead with a move for Kane as they do not want a prolonged negotiation with Daniel Levy (ESPN).
Carragher has now insisted that Old Trafford is the only realistic destination for the England captain in the summer but added that the 29-year-old should only leave his boyhood club if he has the chance to win the biggest trophies in the game.
The Liverpool legend said on CBS Sports (as relayed by Sky Sports): “I think the only place he can go realistically is Manchester United and I don’t want to see him at Manchester United for obvious reasons. When you think Liverpool have just signed Darwin Nunez, Manchester City have got Erling Haaland, and he can’t go to Arsenal.”
When asked if a move to Bayern is on the cards for Kane, he responded: “He will want the Premier League record, if he stays between now and the end of his career he will be the top scorer to ever play in the Premier League.
“It can’t be the most important thing but it is a pretty special achievement. So I think if he is going to stay in England, the only big team who need a centre-forward is Manchester United. But will they pay £100m for a guy who is nearly 30? If he doesn’t leave this summer he will stay at Tottenham for the rest of his career.”
When asked if it will be bad thing if the striker stays at Spurs, Carragher said: “No. Tottenham will always be there and thereabouts in terms of qualifying for the Champions League but are they going to win trophies? No. He’s never won one trophy in his life.
“Of course, he will [be idolised at Spurs if he stays]. If you’re asking me if he’s going to a club where he thinks he might win a domestic or leave Tottenham I would probably stay at Tottenham.
“He’s a guy who should be at least getting to quarters, semi-finals of the Champions League every year. He’s that good. But where does he go, that’s the big question?”
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The reason I am not pessimistic about Tottenham’s chances of holding on to Kane, is precisely the reason that Carragher outlines.
Manchester United will certainly not offer the 29-year-old a guarantee of winning a Premier League or a Champions League title, which is why I do not think the striker will be desperate to move to Old Trafford.
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