Harry Kane says criticism of brother and agent Charlie was ‘difficult to take’ after Man City transfer saga

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Harry Kane says criticism of brother and agent Charlie was ‘difficult to take’ after Man City transfer saga
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Harry Kane has backed his brother and agent after his aborted attempts to leave Tottenham during the summer, and described criticism of his family as "difficult to take".

Kane is represented by his older brother, Charlie, who runs the agency CK66 and was influential in the England captain's unsuccessful push to join Manchester City.

Charlie became the object of frustration and derision from some Spurs fans over the saga but Kane described the criticism as "noise" and says it brought his family closer together.

"Whatever the circumstance, whenever there is stuff being written about your family, it’s always maybe a little bit difficult to take, especially when it’s negative," Kane said.

"But I think that’s when families really come together. Obviously I’m very close to my brother and my parents, my wife, her family, so there’s plenty of people that I know and trust and am able to talk to.

"It’s never easy when there is any negative story about yourself or someone you know, or your friends, or teammates.

“In the summer, there was a lot of stuff about my brother being my agent. That’s where we stick together. I know what he does for me as an agent, I know what he does for me as a brother and that’s all that matters.

"The rest of it is just noise from our point of view. It’s just about us sticking together and whatever the circumstance, always being there for each other and that’s what we’ll continue to do.”

Discussing the impact of England’s defeat to Italy in the final of Euro 2020, Kane added: “Of course it takes a toll mentally on yourself but I’ve always had good friends and good family around me.

“Being able to talk to them in those situations, being able to talk to people you trust [helps]. When things are difficult, it’s important that you do talk about it and not just hide it in and suck it up. But it is important that you have people around you that you can trust to do that.”

The Kanes faced a backlash from some Spurs fans over the striker’s late return to pre-season training and a perception that he was trying to force his way out of the club.

The England captain suggested the media portrayal of the situation was misleading but said he would keep what really happened "between me and the club".

"The media are the media, and I know there's some stuff that went around and when you know the truth and you know what’s actually happening sometimes, of course, it's difficult to read certain things," Kane said.

"Look, that's part and parcel of it, that’s part and parcel of learning to be in those situations when there's a lot of speculation about yourself personally.

"I don't actually read too much or watch too much. I try and keep myself to myself and just focus on what I need to do and what needs to be done for the team.

“That's what I tried to do. It's been a disappointing start personally for club and as a team for club. We all know there's a lot of work to be done there but, for me, it's just about getting my head down working hard.

“I know my form will come. It's just about focusing on that really.

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"That's between me and the club," he said over his delayed return. "We've had discussions about it internally and that’s the way it will stay."

England's Euros run and Kane's late return means he missed the whole of pre-season and he has subsequently struggled for form, scoring just once in 10 League games this season.

"It’s never easy [missing pre-season]," he said.

"I came off the back of a tournament where you're physically tired, you're mentally tired and all of a sudden three weeks later the Premier League has pretty much starting and you’re just straight back into it.

“We've had to deal with that as players more and more. We've got a little bit more used to it but it's never easy.

“It's never easy just to switch that mode back on and start firing on all cylinders again. Your body needs time to respond physically and mentally.”

He added: "It is the first time I have gone more than three games in the Premier League without scoring for a long, long time.

“The consistency has always been there so times like this for me are just about staying focused. I always believe I can score at any moment at any time on the pitch and that is the way I will always be."

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