August 26 – England captain Harry Kane has decided to remain at Tottenham Hotspur, ending months of speculation over his future amidst persistent rumours of a big-money move to Manchester City.
Kane had previously indicated he wanted to leave his boyhood club in the quest to end his wait for the first trophy of his career. However, the 28-year-old was warmly welcomed back by the Tottenham supporters when he made his first appearance of the season as a substitute in a 1-0 win at Wolves last weekend.
Kane is the second highest goal scorer in the club’s history and still has three years left to run on a six-year contract signed in 2018. With no release clause, that allowed Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to demand a fee well in excess of the £100 million – a Premier League record -that City paid Aston Villa for Jack Grealish earlier this month.
But no such bid ever arrived from City – Kane’s most likely destination – and he therefore had to publicly accept Wednesday that he won’t be leaving Tottenham, for now at least.
“It was incredible to see the reception from the Spurs fans on Sunday and to read some of the messages of support I’ve had in the last few weeks,” he posted on Twitter. “I will be staying at Tottenham this summer and will be 100% focused on helping the team achieve success.”
Levy will be hoping Kane can help fire Tottenham back into the Champions League next season after missing out for the past two years.
But there is still considerable conjecture about whether Kane will last the season or move in January instead, now that there only a few days left before the end of the summer window.
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