Harry Kane opens door to Tottenham exit: ‘Not someone to stay for the sake of it’

Tottenham Hotspur captain Harry Kane has refused to rule out the possibility of departing the club in the near future, citing his ambition to become ‘one of the top, top players’ in world football.

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26-year-old hitman Kane has long stood as an icon at Tottenham.

Since returning to the club in 2013 following a series of loan spells, the English international has gone on to establish himself as one of the most prolific attackers in not only the Premier League, but throughout Europe.

Kane possesses all of the desirable traits of a modern no. 9, combining touch, link-up play, strength and, most importantly, a ruthless streak in front of goal.

All told, across 280 appearances in the colours of Spurs, the one-time Arsenal youth has racked up a hugely-impressive 181 goals.

Kane’s exploits have also seen him secure a pair of Premier League Golden Boots, between 2015 and 2017.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 22: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Tottenham Hotspur and Crvena Zvezda at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

‘It’s one of those things…’

As is to be expected, though, with individual brilliance comes speculation.

Recent years have seen Kane repeatedly named as a target for some of European football’s biggest clubs, with Manchester United and Real Madrid the most frequently linked.

Nevertheless, it had always appeared altogether unlikely that the 26-year-old would actually depart north London.

Despite a lack of silverware to show for their efforts, Tottenham making it all the way to the Champions League final last season saw the Lilywhites finally take what looked, at the time, like the final step towards establishing themselves amongst world football’s elite.

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – MAY 08: Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko of Tottenham Hotspur celebrate after the final whistle during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur at the Johan Cruyff Arena on May 08, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

The campaign since, however, has seen Spurs revert to their inconsistent ways of old.

Before football was brought to a halt by the COVID-19 outbreak, Jose Mourinho’s men sat 8th in the Premier League table, on the back of no wins from their last 6 across all competitions.

This stretch also saw Tottenham ousted from the Champions League in embarrassing fashion by RB Leipzig.

And, if Harry Kane’s latest comments are anything to go by, then this downward trajectory could eventually cost the capital giants the services of their captain.

Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports this evening, Kane was drawn on his future, with the Englishman having opened the door to a potential exit, in assuring that he is not willing to remain a Tottenham player ‘just for the sake of it’:

‘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.’

‘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.’

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