Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe has become the latest person to call for Harry Kane to leave Spurs for the greater good of his career.
The rumour mill has gone into overdrive surrounding Kane’s potential departure from Tottenham, the club’s recent Europa League humiliation at the hands of Dynamo Zagreb yet another example of an opportunity for silverware missed by Kane.
The England captain has previously made headlines with comments on his future, as recently as last year Kane conceded he wouldn’t stay at Tottenham “for the sake of it.”
Though his talent is indisputable, Kane is staring down the barrel of his eighth year trophyless as Tottenham’s main marksman. Up there with the likes of Lewandowski and Suarez when it comes to elite forwards, noise surrounding a potential exit continues to grow louder by the week.
A host of former Tottenham players have called on Kane to depart and join a side that will challenge for the most important silverware club football has to offer on a regular basis.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Defoe revealed: “If you’d have asked me this question a few years ago, I’d have said he should have stayed there, what he’s done at the football club – he’s a legend.
“Since I’ve come away from that and gone to Rangers, I’ve seen that mentality and played for another big club, the importance of playing for that club and winning every game, that mentality, the standards and demands.
“You have to win and bring silverware, otherwise it’s not good enough. When you actually achieve that and the feeling you get from that, wow man. I wish I had that earlier on in my career.”
Defoe continued: “If Harry Kane wants that and wants to win trophies then it looks like he has to go.
“I don’t think it will be easy for him to leave and he might be looking at it and want to finish off being the highest goalscorer in the club’s history and see where that takes him.
“He can hopefully win a few trophies, but if he’s really craving medals then he really has to go.”
Kane has refused to rule out the idea of leaving Tottenham in the near future if it meant being in the race for trophies consistently.
“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,” Kane claimed.
“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.
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“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.”
Kane has another three years on his current Tottenham contract before it expires in 2024, meaning it will take a jaw-dropping transfer sum to tempt Daniel Levy into parting ways with Spurs’ most prized asset this summer.