Jamie Redknapp makes predictions on Harry Kane’s future after chat with Tottenham striker
The striker is now Spurs’ all-time top goalscorer, his strike against Manchester City taking him to 267 goals for the club and beyond the mark previously set by Jimmy Greaves.
Kane is out of contract at the end of next season as speculation over his future intensifies. The 29-year-old is believed to be ready to start talks over a new deal, with Manchester United among clubs keen on a big deal if no deal is reached.
Revealing a conversation he had with Kane three years ago, Redknapp suggested Kane was not yet convinced that staying in north London was his best decision.
“He’s one of the best players in the world, he has 18 months left on his contract,” Redknapp told Sky Sports. “He is in a position to negotiate very hard with Tottenham if he wants to stay.
“He said to me in 2020: ‘I want to stay, I like the club, but I will only stay if I believe the club is going in the right direction.’ The fact that he hasn’t signed yet tells me he’s still not entirely sure.
“He wants to see a little more, he wants the club to live up to his ambition. He will want silverware.
“He will know all the offers, all the clubs interested. They will talk to his agent, sometimes directly to the players. That’s how football works.
Tottenham are unlikely to want to risk letting Kane enter the final 12 months of his contract and eventually leave on a free transfer, raising the possibility of the club cashing in this summer to fund a rebuild.
Kane was heavily linked with a move to Manchester City in 2021, but Spurs have remained firm. With his contract now expired, the striker’s wishes will carry much more weight this summer.
“It will come to a head this summer, one way or another we will find out the future of Harry Kane,” Redknapp said.
“Whether he’s signing a new contact or maybe Tottenham might think it’s time to take advantage.
“That’s why the move to Man City didn’t happen – he wasn’t in a strong enough position to negotiate. Harry Kane now holds all the cards and he’s in a brilliant position.