Alan Shearer has warned Harry Kane that time is running out should he want to leave Tottenham Hotspur for trophies.
Both Manchester United and Man City have been credited with an interest in the 27-year-old, whose future at Spurs is up for debate after the club’s below-par season under Jose Mourinho in the Premier League.
Kane has three years left on the six-year contract he signed at Spurs in 2018, when he revealed his goal was to help Spurs win trophies after their run to the Champions League final.
Shearer is unsure that can still be the case at Spurs, meaning he feels Kane could be considering his future.
Yet, writing for the Athletic, he warned it could well be a case of now or never should he want to leave Surs.
He said: “The point is that Harry could no longer say the same things about winning the Premier League. After a difficult season, you can only see Liverpool rebooting. Manchester City are approaching their best. Chelsea are improving. Manchester United are contenders again.
“Would the picture change at Spurs if Mourinho went? Maybe.
“As Leicester City and West Ham show, a place in the top four is open to clubs that get things right, but in terms of more than that? Spurs look a long way off. And so that leads back to the same question: is it enough?
“None of that means Harry should leave; to repeat, that’s not something I would ever say. But if we judge him on his words from two or three years ago, then it’s certainly a subject he will be considering now.
“Would winning the Carabao Cup be enough to scratch the itch? What about if he became the first England skipper to lift a trophy since 1966?
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“Harry is 28 in three months and this is why I think we’re approaching a pivotal moment.
“He’s at his peak, the ready-made article, an absolute guarantee of goals wherever he plays and the opposite of a gamble, but a buying club is going to want three or four of his best years in return for what would certainly be an exorbitant transfer fee.
“This is that time. Twelve months down the line and it becomes that bit more difficult to justify.”