Football News

“It’s not a definite I’m going to stay there forever” — Harry Kane refuses to rule out Spurs exit

By CJ Smith

Published: 20:35, 29 March 2020

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has refused to rule out a future exit from the club, claiming it depends on “what happens as a team”.

The 26-year-old has firmly established himself as one of the world’s most potent strikers, scoring 181 goals in 278 games across all competitions for the Lilywhites.

Could Kane leave Tottenham? Five things to know…

  • Kane has scored 181 goals in 278 career appearances for Spurs to date.
  • His goals have helped the club reach the League Cup (2015) and Champions League (2019) finals, losing both.
  • Despite his individual brilliance, Kane is yet to lift a major trophy with the club.
  • And the England striker says this lack of silverware could force him to move clubs in the future.
  • Man Utd, Real Madrid and Juventus have all been linked with Kane at various points.

That form has seen him become the star of Gareth Southgate’s England side, with Kane picking up the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup and helping the Three Lions to the semi-final of that tournament and the Uefa Nations League.

However, despite the goals, Kane is yet to lift a major trophy as a player, coming closest when Spurs reached the 2019 Uefa Champions League final, eventually losing 2-0 to Liverpool.

And the striker has admitted that although he will “always love” Tottenham, he cannot state for sure that he will remain at the club if trophies continue to elude him.

“It’s one of those things, I couldn’t say yes, I couldn’t say no. I love Spurs, I’ll always love Spurs. But it’s one of those things – I’ve always said if I don’t feel we’re progressing as a team or going in the right direction, then I’m not someone to just stay there for the sake of it,” he told Sky Sports pundit and ex-midfielder Jamie Redknapp.

Subscribe to Squawka’s Youtube channel here.

“I’m an ambitious player, I want to improve, I want to get better, I want to become one of the top, top players.

“It all depends on what happens as a team and how we progress as a team. So it’s not a definite I’m going to stay there forever – but it’s not a no either.”

Kane hopeful “honest” Mourinho can deliver silverware

Spurs haven’t won a major trophy since lifting the 2007 League Cup and that lack of silverware, coupled with a terrible start to the 2019/20 campaign, ultimately led to Mauricio Pochettino’s demise in north London.

He was replaced by Jose Mourinho, who has overseen an inconsistent start to life at Spurs so far.

However, Kane says he’s already developed a strong relationship with the Portuguese tactician and that the Tottenham squad are hopeful Mourinho can help guide the club to that long-awaited trophy soon.

“He came in and what you see is what you get,” Kane added. “He’s an honest guy – he’ll tell you if you’re doing things well or if you’re not. If he likes you he’ll tell you and if he doesn’t like you he’ll tell you!

“From my point of view, I have built a good relationship with him. We talk every few days or so, talk about all different things, talk about the team, when we were playing, what we can do, how we can improve.

“For me, it’s great to work under a manager like Jose. Obviously growing up, watching football, he was a big part of that. It’s another opportunity for me to work with one of the best managers in the world.

“I’m excited to see how that relationship unfolds and see what we can do on the pitch. So far he’s been great and I know he’s excited to put his stamp on the team when he gets his opportunity.

“When a manager like him comes in and you know he’s won everywhere, I’m sure he has no intentions to not do that at Spurs. From a player’s point of view, we know we have a top, top manager, so it’s up to us to go out there and perform.”