Tottenham striker Harry Kane “wants to stay at Spurs” but may feel he has to leave to win silverware, says former West Ham forward Tony Cottee. Manchester United are linked with a £200million move for Kane, though Spurs say they will not sell to a direct rival in the Premier League. The England captain is yet to win any trophies in his career, with Tottenham’s last success coming in the 2008 League Cup.
Cottee believes Kane’s dream scenario would be to win trophies at Tottenham and also beat Alan Shearer’s all-time Premier League goalscoring record.
Shearer netted 260 times in his career, with Kane currently sitting on 136 goals for Spurs.
However, Cottee reckons if trophy success does not appear to be close within the next 12 months, then he can see Kane pushing for an exit from the north London club.
“I think this is going to be a real personal choice for Harry,” Cottee told Sky Sports.
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“I don’t think he wants to leave Tottenham, I think he wants to stay at Spurs, I think he wants to win trophies at Spurs and the one thing he probably wants from a personal point of view is to beat that Alan Shearer goalscoring record.
“I think he needs another 125 to beat him.
“He’d love to do that but the bottom line is you only have one career and you’ve got to try and take that career to the best [you can] and try and win the trophies and try and win the medals that he deserves.
“He’s a fantastic footballer, wonderful goalscorer, I love watching him play for England and for Spurs.
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“But I think the decision will be down to Harry Kane, I think there will come a time where he says ‘I’ve done as much as I can, I’ve scored lots of goals for Spurs but for many, many reasons it’s not happened’.
“Everything’s in place, they’ve got a great stadium, great club, great fans but they haven’t won anything and I think that’s what Harry will want to taste before he finishes his career.
“You want that feeling of winning a Premier League or winning a Champions League and at the moment I can’t see him doing that at Spurs.
“So I think it’s inevitable, if it doesn’t happen in the next year or so, I think Harry will probably leave next summer.”
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