Will Harry Kane still be a Tottenham Hotspur player come the end of the season?
It’s a question that many people have posed in recent weeks and months, with some suggesting that the prolific forward is at a career crossroads.
Turning 28 in July, Kane is yet to claim a single piece of silverware with Spurs and is approaching the point in his career where a big decision must be made: is he happy to risk the possibility of winning no trophies by remaining at the club or will he take on a new challenge elsewhere?
Manchester United are one of the clubs linked with making a move for the Tottenham forward this summer, but what has Kane had to say surrounding all the transfer talk?
‘We’ll see where we go from there’
Keen to focus on the task in hand with England at the Euros this summer, Kane recently told reporters that he cannot afford transfer speculation to affect his performances on the pitch.
Gareth’s Southgate’s side are one of the favourites to win the competition and the Tottenham striker could certainly have a big part to play in any potential success.
Question marks remain over Spurs’ ability for winning trophies, something the 27-year-old was quizzed upon last week by the media.
“I think that’s a hard question to answer right now,” he told reporters when asked if he had to leave Tottenham in order to become successful.
“It’s important that all my focus is on the two England games coming up now and the rest of the season with Spurs and then the Euros.
“To be thinking about speculation or rumours would be damaging in terms of my own performance.
“I always like to be focused on one goal and one job and that’s to finish strong with Spurs, win these qualifiers with England and hopefully go on and have a great Euros.
“Look, I try to stay out of that speculation as much as possible. I’m fully focused on doing the job on the pitch from now until the end of the summer and then we’ll see where we go from there.”
‘I never get too high or too low’
Part of Kane’s decision-making process could well be influenced by the outcome of the Carabao Cup final versus Manchester City on April 25.
Victory would provide Kane with his first piece of silverware as a player, perhaps causing the Tottenham star to reassess his decision to stay or leave.
But it’s clear that the England international will not rush into any decision as he explained his approach to dealing with testing situations as a professional.
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“If we’re looking at it in the end of May and we’ve finished in the top four and won the Carabao Cup I think everyone will say it’s been a pretty good season.
“In my career and as a person, I never get too high and never get too low. It’s part of football, you’re going to go through tough spells and you’re going to go through good spells and it’s important just to keep focused on the bigger picture. And that’s what I’m trying to do and I’m sure the team are trying to do as well.”
‘It’s not a definite’
When Kane has addressed rumours of him heading for the exit door, his answers can’t have provided manager Jose Mourinho with too much confidence.
Though adamant to reiterate his ‘love’ for Spurs, the free-scoring forward has also made clear that he will not remain in an environment where there is no sense of progression.
“I’ll always love Spurs, but it’s one of those things. I’ve always said if I don’t feel like we’re progressing as a team or going in the right direction, I’m not someone to stay there just for the sake of it,” he said.
“I’m an ambitious player, I want to improve and become better. I want to become a top, top player, so it all depends on what happens as a team and how we progress as a team.
“So, it’s not a definite ‘I’m going to stay there forever’ but it’s not a no either.”