Tottenham have urged “everyone” to focus on finishing the 2020-21 season as well as possible amid reports Harry Kane has informed the club he wishes to leave.
Kane is a product of Spurs’ academy and has developed into one of the world’s best strikers, but over the past two years the club have seemingly struggled to match his ambitions.
The England captain has regularly been linked with moves away from Tottenham over the years, though those reports have rarely appeared to carry much substance – until now.
Sky Sports News claimed on Monday that Kane has told the club he wants to leave at the end of the season, with trophies on his agenda.
Spurs have not won silverware since the 2007-08 EFL Cup, with Kane a part of the sides that lost the finals of the 2018-19 Champions League and this season’s EFL Cup.
He reiterated his need to challenge for major trophies after that EFL Cup defeat to Manchester City last month when he was named Premier League Player of the Year at the London Football Awards.
He said: “Individual awards are great, they are fantastic achievements. Probably when I look back at the end of my career, I will go over and take in a little bit more.
“The goal right now as a player is to win team trophies. As much as this is great, I want to be winning the biggest prizes that there is to offer as a team, and we are not quite doing that.
“It is bittersweet. I would rather be winning team trophies than this one. It is what it is. I am proud to win it. It means it has been a good season on the pitch, so I have just got to try to continue what I am doing.”
Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are all thought to be keen on Kane given their respective desires for reinforcements at the top end of the pitch.
Spurs responded to the rumours with a statement that will likely do little to ease the worries of supporters dreading Kane’s exit.
The widely reported statement read: “Our focus is on finishing the season as strongly as possible. That’s what everyone should be focused on.”
Kane has been in excellent form again this season, his 35 goal involvements (22 goals, 13 assists) in the Premier League being the third-most among Europe’s top five leagues – only Robert Lewandowski (47 – 40 goals, seven assists) and Lionel Messi (39 – 30 goals, nine assists) boast a better record in 2020-21.
His overall Premier League tally stands at 165, meaning he has a very real chance of breaking Alan Shearer’s all-time record of 260, an achievement that would clearly be aided by him staying in England should he leave Spurs.
Kane’s 22 goals this season have him level with Mohamed Salah in the race for the Golden Boot, though he has played two matches fewer than the Egypt forward, who has also netted six penalties to his rival’s four.
Should he beat Salah and the rest, Kane would become only the third player after Shearer and Thierry Henry to win the Golden Boot three times, having also claimed it in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
Despite Kane’s brilliance, Spurs look unlikely to secure a return to the Champions League for 2021-22, as they head into their final two matches of the season five points adrift of Chelsea in fourth.