Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle ‘would not blame’ Harry Kane for seeking summer transfer

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Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle says no one would blame Harry Kane for wanting to leave the club at the end of the season.

Kane is thought to be considering pushing for a transfer if Spurs fail to qualify for the Champions League for a second consecutive year, with Sunday's defeat to Manchester United leaving them six points from fourth place with seven games to play.

Spurs regard the England captain, who has a contract until June 2024, as not for sale at any price and there are few clubs with the resources or appetite to test their resolve, particularly given Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe are expected to be on the market this summer.

Hoddle, however, believes the decision is ultimately in Kane's hands and says the 27-year-old could not be blamed for pursuing his ambitions to win silverware at another club.

"I don’t know whether that’s in Tottenham’s hands, I think that’s Harry Kane decision," said Hoddle, a former player and manager at the club.

"No one would blame Harry Kane if he moved now. If he said, 'I’m going to win silverware elsewhere' and the right offer was there, he’s the one that will make that decision and then Spurs will have to get the best deal they can possibly get. It would be a crushing blow for the team.

"There’s only a few clubs that are going to be able to afford Harry, that’s his problem at the moment. There could be a game of chess – if Haaland goes to Man City and Mbappe goes to Real Madrid, maybe there’s an opening at PSG? I wouldn’t like to see him at PSG, I’d like to see him stay at Tottenham. But I wouldn’t blame him if he went elsewhere."

Despite twice winning the Premier League Golden Boot and finishing joint-top scorer at the 2018 World Cup with England, Kane is yet to win a trophy with Spurs, although they have a chance to end a 13-year wait for silverware in the Carabao Cup Final against Man City in a fortnight.

Hoddle believes Kane's future and Tottenham's underwhelming season could ultimately hinge on the final and says in an ideal world the striker would stay at Spurs and win trophies.

"In an ideal world, I know Harry loves Tottenham, he wants to stay at Tottenham and win trophies,” said Hoddle.

“The spanner in the works would be if they do win the League Cup – does he see that as a key moment in the club’s modern history to then say this is a stepping stone to more success?

Harry Kane has a big decision to make this summer over his Tottenham futureTottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images
Harry Kane has a big decision to make this summer over his Tottenham futureTottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images

"Don’t forget [manager Jose] Mourinho did it at Manchester United with the League Cup and Chelsea, it was the first trophy he won. Everything’s hanging on that game, it really is.

"Spurs have come to a crossroads. The League Cup is a crossroads for them," continued Hoddle, who was answering questions from Standard Sport readers on his weekly podcast, The Glenn Hoddle Footy Show.

"OK, it doesn’t get them into the Champions League but winning a bit of silverware will give everyone a lift and give Jose a stepping stone to go from there.

"For many different reasons, maybe Harry Kane staying, maybe Jose building on something, Tottenham’s season comes down to this League Cup final. It’s massive game for them."

Mourinho has been critical of the squad at various points this season and quipped "same coach, different players" after last weekend’s draw at Newcastle when asked why his sides no longer seemed capable of holding onto leads.

Hoddle says Mourinho is not entirely to blame for the club's malaise and believes the squad is still in need of a major revamp, particularly defensively.

"I think the squad isn’t strong enough, it isn’t good enough," he said.

"I don’t care who the manager is, you’re going to have trouble. You’ve got some world-class players at the top of the pitch but it needs a rebuild.

“A lot of pressure is going to be on [chairman] Daniel Levy's shoulders. They’ve got the best stadium in Europe, the best training ground. Now they’ve got to rebuild this squad.

"It’s a squad which [former manager Mauricio] Pochettino put together five years ago and it’s completed depleted.

“Those players are coming to the end of their careers, some of those defenders. It needs a revamp but I’m not sure whether the club or Daniel is going to actually look at it that way. It’s coming to a crossroads but I don’t think changing the manager is 100 per cent of the solution."

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