Tottenham: Mourinho lauds Kane's ambition
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Tottenham skipper Harry Kane wants to seal a move away from the club during the summer transfer window, but will face stiff opposition from chairman Daniel Levy, according to transfer expert David Ornstein. The 27-year-old is a graduate of the youth academy at Spurs and has established himself as one of the world’s best strikers during his time in north London, but is yet to win a major trophy with his time running out to push for silverware while at the peak of his powers.
Kane has played an influential role in attack for Jose Mourinho’s side this season, scoring 26 goals and creating another 16 from 39 appearances in all competitions.
The England international has been linked with an exit since the beginning of the season, with the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United being mentioned in connection with his services in recent months.
Both clubs are in the market for a new striker, with City eyeing a replacement for out-of-contract star Sergio Aguero while the Red Devils are weighing up their options ahead of Edinson Cavani’s likely departure at the end of the season.
It is no secret that Kane wants to win trophies and compete at the highest level, with Tottenham’s embarrassing Europa League exit at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb in midweek marking another missed opportunity to end the club’s 13-year wait for major honours.
In the wake of Thursday’s disappointment, it has been claimed that Kane is determined to leave Spurs at the end of the season in search of success with another club.
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Ornstein told Sky Sports News on Sunday that the prolific forward is keen to move on, but will likely be forced to stay for at least another year with Levy unwilling to consider the prospect of his departure unless a monumental offer is tabled.
“I speak to a lot of people in football, and the consensus is that he would like to leave Tottenham,” said Ornstein.
“But he can’t say that publicly, he’s the captain. He’s very committed while he’s at the club, but he wants to go and win trophies.
“He’s said that publicly, he’s made it incredibly clear that he wants to be winning multiple trophies, the biggest trophies in football, and it doesn’t look like he’s going to be able to do that at Tottenham. I think he would be open to a transfer.
“However, that’s incredibly unlikely because Daniel Levy would want an astonishingly high figure for him.
“There were reports today of well in excess of £120million just for Daniel Levy to even consider letting him go, and of course Kane is under contract until 2024.”
Kane came agonisingly close to winning the Champions League in 2019, but Spurs were beaten at the final hurdle by Premier League rivals Liverpool.
Although the England captain is eager to leave the club this summer, Ornstein claimed that he does not think Levy will allow his departure as the Spurs chief believes that he is too important to be sold.
“It’s going to come to a crunch at some point because Harry Kane, if he wants to go, he’s going to have to express that to Tottenham otherwise he may miss the opportunity to win the biggest trophies,” added Ornstein.
“He does seem to be getting better with age in terms of his productivity, but he also seems to be picking up more injuries so it’s a crucial juncture for him.
“Do I see him leaving Tottenham this summer? I think there may be a will from his side, there may be a will from clubs wanting to take him, but I don’t think it will happen.”
Kane has played 326 times for Spurs since making his first-team debut in 2011 during a Europa League clash against Scottish outfit Hearts.
In that time he has scored on 214 occasions, averaging a goal every 1.5 matches.
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