Danny Mills has claimed that Tottenham might be better off cashing in on Harry Kane as the striker’s performance levels could drop if the club force him to stay.
Although Kane stopped short of saying that he wants to leave Tottenham in his interview with Gary Neville, he made it fairly clear that he would have a conversation with Daniel Levy regarding his future.
It remains to be seen whether Levy would be sympathetic to Kane’s requests, with the striker still having three years left on his contract.
Some reports claim that the Tottenham chairman has not changed his stance regarding Kane not being for sale to a domestic rival and is likely to demand close to £200m for his services.
However, Mills believes that hanging on to Kane against his wishes might come back to hurt Tottenham.
The former Leeds defender insisted that although the 27-year-old would not down tools, one might see a slight drop off in his effort levels which could in turn have a major impact on his performances.
Mills told Football Insider: “Harry Kane is in the driving seat.
“Now, he’s said he doesn’t want to play and his hearts not in it, it gets to a point where you have to sell him because you’re not going to get the best out of him next season.
“Is he going to put himself on the line in training every day when his heart is not in it?
“If his attitude is first class, which I’m sure it will be, he only has to drop off five or ten per cent and at that level, it’s huge, absolutely huge. That makes a massive difference
“Plus you’ve got no idea who the manager is going to be.”
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Mills’ point is a fair one as we have seen such drop-offs from the likes of Eriksen when they have been forced to stay against their wishes.
However, Kane is a model professional and one can be sure that he will give 100 per cent next season irrespective of what happens over the summer.
Even if Spurs keep Kane against their wishes this summer, the striker will know that it will only be for 12 more months and the club’s hands could well be tied in a years time if he does not sign a new contract. So, we do not have to worry about Kane not giving his all if he is still in a Spurs shirt next season.
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