Rio Ferdinand compares Harry Kane’s situation to how he forced his way out of Leeds

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Rio Ferdinand has compared Harry Kane’s recent alleged boycotting of pre-season training in order to move away from Tottenham Hotspur to when he moved from Leeds United to Manchester United.

In 2002, Ferdinand forced through a move to Man United, which included a world-record fee for a defender and a British transfer record at the time (90 Min).

That record now belongs to Jack Grealish, who recently completed a massive £100m move from Aston Villa to Manchester City. 

However, that same record could be broken this very window with another staggering fee being rumoured for Harry Kane. Fabrizio Romano reported this week that Man City are preparing a new €150m (£126m) bid for the England captain.

Kane returned to full Tottenham training on Friday after he completed his day-five PCR test (Daily Mail)

The former England defender said as part of his appearance on the Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE YouTube channel: “When I was at Leeds, I came back from the World Cup I did fairly well to gain the interest of Manchester United.

“I knew the club had rejected an offer. It was a British record at the time. World record for a defender.

“In hearing that, I then went into the chairman and just spoke to him and I said ‘there is no way I am getting on that plane (for the pre-season tour) whatever happens.

“I will stay here. It’s a good offer. It’s Champions League football. Chance for me to win trophies, please let me go.

“But Kane’s argument to Tottenham is that ‘I want to win. I have been here for so many years. We are in a worse position now than when we got to a Champions League final, so I want to win and let me go’.”

SpursWeb Opinion 

Kane not turning up to training has divided opinion. He is within his rights to want to leave the club but the way in which he has gone about it is controversial. His legacy at Tottenham has no doubt taken a hit and his future with the club is still up in the air.

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