Kane tells Spurs fans: ‘I’m staying’
Striker ends summer transfer saga with club vow
26 August, 2021 — By Dan Carrier
Harry Kane: ‘I will be staying at Tottenham this summer and will be 100 per cent focused on helping the team achieve success’
IT was the three words that Tottenham fans hadn’t dared to dream they’d hear: “I am staying.”
But like a bolt out of the blue, Harry Kane ended the biggest summer transfer saga yesterday (Wednesday) by committing his future to Spurs.
And his reason? The club’s supporters.
Taking to social media, Kane said: “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.
“I will be staying at Tottenham this summer and will be 100 per cent focused on helping the team achieve success.”
Kane came off the bench in Spurs’ 1-0 win at Wolves on Sunday to make his first appearance for the club since returning from pre-season. But it was believed to be little more than a final farewell, with fans all but resigned to the idea of seeing the striker in a Manchester City shirt before the transfer window closes on Tuesday.
City made a £100m bid for the England captain in June, and were rumoured to be preparing another offer closer to Tottenham’s £150m valuation of their star asset.
But Kane has now drawn a line under the episode to focus on the season ahead with Spurs.
Nuno Espirito Santo said he was “delighted”. The Tottenham boss added: “It’s fantastic news for everybody. We are all very happy. He’s one of the best players in the world.”
However, speculation about Kane’s future is unlikely to settle down for long. Sources close to the 28-year-old reportedly claimed earlier this summer that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy had agreed to let the forward leave if Spurs failed to qualify for the Champions League or win silverware.
Kane, who signed a six-year deal in 2018, has never dismissed talk of the so-called “gentleman’s agreement”. But he has shared his frustrations at failing to win trophies with Tottenham, adding that as “an ambitious player” he would be prepared to leave the club.
And while his stance on staying at Spurs has clearly softened, if the north Londoners fail to challenge for top honours this season, or at least qualify for the Champions League come May, Kane’s position will again be up for debate.
Meanwhile, Tottenham have agreed a deal to sign Metz midfielder Pape Matar Sarr for a fee in the region of £14.6m.
Spurs fans will have to wait to see the 18-year-old in action, however, as the deal includes a loan back to the Ligue 1 side for the remainder of 2021-22.