Wayne Rooney has revealed that he spoke with Harry Kane during last summer’s speculation of a move to Manchester City, but feels the Tottenham striker has a tricky decision to make regarding his future.
The 28-year-old reportedly told Spurs of his intention for a fresh challenge at the end of last season, and was subsequently made a prime target for Pep Guardiola’s side following the departure of Sergio Aguero,
City allegedly saw two bids worth £100 million and £125 million turned down by Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, which ultimately succumbed Kane to a stay in North London.
Amidst the speculation, Kane was busy captaining England during Euro 2020 and led Gareth Southgate’s men all the way to the final.
Former Manchester United striker Rooney caught up with the Three Lions skipper after the tournament to discuss the transfer noise, where he admitted that he soon needs to make a big decision regarding his future.
In an interview with Alan Shearer for The Athletic, Rooney said: “I spoke to Harry after the [Euro 2020] final against Italy.
“I went back to the hotel and saw all the players. I sneaked in.
“Obviously I wouldn’t say what we talked about in private but for him, it’s a decision he needs to make in terms of whether he wants to leave and try to win trophies.”
Although Spurs managed to keep hold of their talisman, Kane has struggled for form this term and currently has just four Premier League goals to his name, but has seen his performances turn around under the tutelage of Antonio Conte.
The Italian has lifted Spurs to sit just outside the Premier League top four and is now preparing his side for the Carabao Cup semi-final against former employers Chelsea.
With Spurs still in a good position to claim silverware this term, Rooney questioned whether Kane would be better off creating a one-club legacy instead of upping sticks to City and cited Matt Le Tissier’s stint at Southampton as a model.
He added: “You look at Man City as the only club that could guarantee it [trophies].
“Or does he want to leave a legacy at Tottenham? Could he do the same as yourself [Shearer] at Newcastle and Matt Le Tissier at Southampton?
“If he does that, I’m sure he’d have a job for life at Tottenham. You go somewhere else, there’s no guarantee it’s going to work. It’s a tough decision for him.”
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Kane obviously wanted the move away from Spurs with the club not matching his aspirations, but the arrival of Conte may get him to reconsider that. He may have missed his chance to secure a big-money move with City likely to have other options on their list, so it may even be better off committing himself long-term.
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