Tottenham have no intention of selling Harry Kane to Manchester United or any other Premier League rival, Sky Sports News has been told.
Recent reports have suggested Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is willing to sanction Kane’s departure to United for a world-record fee of £200m because of financial worries during the coronavirus crisis.
Spurs’ stadium cost around £1bn and the pandemic is set to have grave financial repercussions on all Premier League clubs, with Tottenham moving early to furlough some non-playing staff.
Kane, who has been out injured since January with a hamstring problem, has openly spoken about his frustration at so far failing to win trophies with Tottenham – and says he is prepared to leave if the team does not progress.
The 26-year-old is recovering from a hamstring injury but opened up to Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp about his ambitions during an Instagram chat last month.
Asked whether he would be at Tottenham for the rest of his career, Kane underlined his intent to be one of the world’s best players and said he would not stick with Spurs if he did not feel he could achieve what he wants to at the club.
“It’s one of those things, I couldn’t say yes, I couldn’t say no. I love Spurs, I’ll always love Spurs. But it’s one of those things – I’ve always said if I don’t feel we’re progressing as a team or going in the right direction, then I’m not someone to just stay there for the sake of it,” he told Redknapp.
“I’m an ambitious player, I want to improve, I want to get better, I want to become one of the top, top players.
“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.”
Tottenham lost a Champions League final and a League Cup final under former boss Mauricio Pochettino and Kane said the failure to land silverware has been tough to take – especially given the quality in Spurs’ squad over recent seasons.
However, he is optimistic that could change, given the track record of new boss Jose Mourinho.
“We’ve been saying that for a couple of years now, we have got a fantastic team but for one reason or another we haven’t been able to get the trophies that, when you look from the outside, we’ve got the team to get,” said Kane.
“It’s a hard thing to take as a player. I want to win at everything I do so when we’re coming close and you don’t quite get there it’s hard to take and starts to build up.