Kane faces repercussions of 'costly' decision
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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has told Harry Kane that he should put his reputation above his desire to win trophies, in a repeat of his message to his former Reds team-mate Steven Gerrard 16 years ago.
Kane is trying to leave Tottenham in pursuit of silverware and has interest from Manchester City, who have been linked with a £150million move for the England captain.
The 28-year-old’s transfer saga has been likened to Gerrard’s nearly two decades ago, when the midfielder wanted to leave Liverpool despite being loved by the club’s supporters.
Gerrard was closing in on a move to Chelsea in the summer of 2005, just months after helping Liverpool win the Champions League.
The then-England star wanted to play under Jose Mourinho and felt that he would have a better chance of winning the Premier League.
Chelsea had won the title in the previous season and lifted it again the following campaign.
But Gerrard was not involved in the successful 2005-06 Chelsea team as he performed a U-turn and remained at the club for another 10 years.
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It seems unlikely that Kane will have a similar change of heart given that he has been absent from Spurs’ training all week, despite being expected to return for regular tests on Monday.
But Carragher has told the Three Lions captain that he would be better served maintaining his reputation as a club legend. He issues the same advice to Gerrard.
“I have no problem with him wanting to go to City,” the former defender wrote in his column for the Telegraph.
“But it’s the way he’s going about trying to get that transfer by not turning up to training… that is worrying.
“My message to Harry would the same as it was to Stevie: don’t ruin your reputation for this – always think about your name and standing in the game.
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“For me, that is as important as any trophy Harry could win.”
Chelsea had offered £37.5m for Gerrard and he was close to agreeing to the switch.
The now-Rangers boss received death threats from Liverpool fans, who also burned replica shirts with his name on he back.
A Premier League title alluded Gerrard throughout his playing career, while Chelsea won the league twice more before his retirement in 2016.
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Spurs striker Kane is yet to win a major team honour and is expected to reiterate his desire to leave the club in showdown talks with chairman Daniel Levy before the end of the week, according to the Daily Star.
The 28-year-old still has three years remaining on a six-year contract but sees this summer as the best opportunity to seek a new challenge.
Some fans and pundits have suggested that Kane was pressured into agreeing a new deal and only did so following successive league title bids and a couple of years advancing deep into the Champions League.
They claim that Spurs have failed to continue that momentum and should now allow Kane to depart.
However, Carragher has rubbished that argument and has criticised Kane for signing his £200,000 per week contract in 2018.
“I still don’t understand this talk of Kane being backed into a corner,” Carragher continued.
“Has he? Why so? The club never forced Harry Kane to sign a six-year deal in 2018.
“It’s the fault of him and his advisors for signing a contract that long without a buyout clause, which was absolutely ridiculous.”
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