Tottenham: Will Harry Kane leave in the summer?
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David Ginola has suggested that Tottenham striker Harry Kane could seal an unexpected move to cross-city rivals Chelsea this summer, claiming that the England skipper may be inclined to join another London club if he decides to seek a new challenge. Kane has been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City in recent weeks amid reports that he is growing tired of his current side’s failure to end their 13-year trophy drought.
The 27-year-old has been a vital cog in the machine at Spurs since his breakthrough 2014/15 campaign, and has led the attacking charge once again this season.
He has scored 31 goals and created another 16 in all competitions, striking up a fruitful partnership with Son Heung-min at the top of the pitch.
Kane has repeatedly spoken of his desire to win trophies during his career, but Spurs have failed to claim major honours since 2008 and spurned another opportunity to put their unwelcome streak to bed on Sunday afternoon.
The north Londoners were beaten in the Carabao Cup final by Premier League champions-elect Manchester City, who needed Aymeric Laporte’s late goal to win the tournament for the fourth successive season.
Although Tottenham will be reluctant to part ways with their star man, it remains to be seen as to whether Kane will decide to kick up a fuss in order to push through a move this summer.
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Ginola, who made a total of 112 appearances for Spurs during a three-year spell at the club, has hinted that Chelsea could be a surprise destination for the former Leicester City loanee.
He told talkSPORT that he is expecting Kane to act in the best interests of his family, which would suggest a summer switch to another club in the capital.
“I think it will be a decision made with his family, and it will probably be a surprise in the end with his choice,” said Ginola.
“Maybe he will take an opportunity to go to a club without going too far away from London and obviously that would be a London club.
“That would be a big surprise for me as when you play for Spurs it’s a London club so you’re not going to Arsenal.
“Having said that football is a different world now. Players’ decisions are completely unexpected.”
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will be pulling out all the stops in order to keep hold of Kane this summer, with reports earlier this month suggesting that the controversial 59-year-old has slapped a £175million price tag on the club’s prized asset.
Levy has gained a reputation for being a notoriously shrewd operator behind the scenes at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but Ginola is not convinced that he will succeed in tempting Kane into being patient for another season.
“Football is not about words,” added Ginola. “Words of a chairman and words from a manager will probably make you think that: ‘Okay, I might consider staying at the club’.
“But time goes by and you see that a football career is very short, and he can’t wait anymore for words from Daniel Levy.
“You’ve not been able to build things in the past, you tried and you didn’t. [Mauricio] Pochettino was accused of not winning anything and went to Paris Saint-Germain and then they had Jose Mourinho.
“For him I think he wants stability in the way Barcelona and [Real] Madrid are winning trophies every year. It’s a completely different world.
“Harry Kane is looking for a club who will give him these sort of opportunities especially on the biggest stages.”
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