The 27-year-old’s conversation during a round of golf with Gary Neville for Sky Sports specialist The Overlap’s new YouTube channel was often fair and balanced, will have been understood by many Tottenham fans but also on a few occasions was slightly naive or perhaps misguided.
It was just a five-minute snippet of a much longer upcoming interview with Neville and Spurs fans will be wondering what comes next.
Kane has been the center of much speculation this week about his future, with reports claiming he told Spurs he wanted to leave.
football.london previously reported that Kane had yet to tell the club directly that he wanted to leave this summer, but would be ready to consider a move if an offer were made for his services.
This now appears to be the gist of his interview with Neville, as he has stated that he would like to have a conversation with Levy at some point to discuss his future as he reaches a crossroads in his career.
There is anger at Tottenham at the time of the leaks around Kane and then at this interview, as the club reached two crucial games of their season to decide whether they would reach the Europa League.
Now that it’s out of Spurs’ hands, it could cost them a lot of money if they can’t revise West Ham on the last day of the season.
Income from television and cash prizes for Europa League winners, depending on team coefficient, can be anywhere from £ 30-47.5million.
For a club which has been hit hard by a potential £ 200million loss of revenue due to the pandemic with a £ 175million loan from the Bank of England due to be repaid by next March, this type of income is vital if they are to compete next season.
The leaks and the interview could have come after the end of the season, but it would have put all speculation and media questions on England boss Gareth Southgate ahead of the Euros instead of Kane’s close friend Ryan Mason, who had to endure a lot of clumsiness. questions during his month as interim head coach with 16 alone on Kane at Tuesday’s pre-game press conference.
As it stands, speculation will boom in the euros and attract Southgate anyway.
Kane seemed affected by it all on Wednesday night in the loss to Aston Villa and it spread throughout the squad as he didn’t exactly lead them forward.
The England captain has been phenomenal this season with 32 goals and 16 assists in 48 games, but he has not dazzled for his friend Mason, scoring only once in five games he has been fit for. the interim head coach, including a moderate performance in the Carabao. Cup Final – his chance to win silverware this season.
Kane has now publicly stated that he wants a meeting with Levy about his future, but the timing and the potential loss of Europa League income will mean he can forget about any chance of convincing the club to accept any offer. bass that would present itself for him.
The player will believe that as the club’s second-best scorer of all time, he has enough credit in the bank to overcome the current grudges.
Tottenham don’t expect to sell Kane this summer and it would take a huge bid to even start talks with another club.
It would be if it was a normal year, with Kane being three years old on the six-year deal he signed in 2018, but on top of that, the current state of fanbase anger would reach. new heights if Levy did. let go of his world-class player.
Kane has always said every year that he is happy at Tottenham as long as his ambitions are matched by the club.
Overall, his latest comments appear as a final challenge for Levy to do the same.
” I think [it’s a crossroads in my career]. I think it’s definitely a conversation to have with the club, ”he said. Yeah, like you say, I want to play in the bigger games. The greatest moments.
“Like, this season I’m here watching the Champions League, watching the English teams do an amazing job. These are the matches I want to participate in.
“I want to be in these games. So, for sure, this is a point in my career where I kind of have to reflect and see where I am and have a good, honest conversation with the president. Hope we can have this conversation.
“I’m sure he will want to set the plan for where he sees it, but ultimately it will be up to me, how I feel and what will be best for me and my career at that. moment. ”
The problem for Kane is that it won’t be up to him at all. Levy is the one who holds all the cards.
What could be the key for Tottenham fans is that the forward played down any suggestions he desperately wanted to leave now.
“I don’t want to have come to the end of my career and have regrets,” he said. “So I want to be the best I can be. I’ve said it before, I would never say I would stay at Spurs for the rest of my career. I would never say I would leave Spurs.
“I’m at that point where you could say, you know. People might think of it as “He desperately needs trophies, he needs trophies”.
“I always feel like I still have almost another career to play. I’m still seven or eight years old. Kind of what I have had so far in the Premier League.
“So I’m not rushing anything. I’m not… I’m not desperate to do anything, but yeah, I just wanna be the best version of me. I am sure I have so much more to give. I feel like I can be even better than I used to be. I can produce better numbers than what I’m producing now. ”
Kane says Levy has always been fair to him but doesn’t know how the conversation between the two will play out.
“We’ve always had a great relationship, but yeah, I don’t know how this conversation will go if I’m being honest, but you know what it’s like as players, you don’t know what the president is thinking,” he mentioned.
“I don’t know, I mean he might want to sell me. He might be like ‘If I could get 100 million for you then why not?’ You know what I mean? I’m not going to be worth it for the next two or three years. ”
When told that the transfer fee could be more than £ 200million than £ 100million, Kane laughed and stumbled a bit: “But uh, yeah. It will be. Hope we have a pretty good relationship.
“I gave the club… well, I’ve been there for 16 years of my life. So hopefully we can have a good, honest conversation and see where we are in this aspect. “
The conversation is unlikely to give Kane any indication that he will be able to move this summer, but in this case the striker will also seek assurances on what the club will do in the transfer market and who will be. the new manager.
football.london understands that strong new candidates for the vacant leadership position are constantly emerging at this time and making their interest known.
Tottenham will try to talk to all of their top contenders face to face rather than Zoom once the season is over, when the managers currently employed have come out of their club bubbles.
Levy needs to make sure the next manager is the right one to not only appease disgruntled fans but also show Kane that the club can move forward after two disappointing seasons.
On the transfer front, the Spurs president must find the money somewhere, despite the looming shadow of this big loan to repay and the loss of income to recover.
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The ideal scenario would be to sell a number of the club’s fringe players to provide the funds needed for the new manager to build the squad in his image.
This is something Tottenham have struggled to do in recent years and it has hampered their ability to revamp the squad. If they fight again this summer, then it will be necessary to sell another popular player other than Kane.
This summer Levy has a lot of people up for grabs including new manager Harry Kane, club creditors and most importantly the fans.