Duncan Castles has been speaking on The Transfer Window podcast about the situation that Harry Kane found himself in over the summer.
It was widely reported that Kane was being targeted by Premier League champions Manchester City, however, after Spurs’ 1-0 victory away to Wolves, the striker confirmed on his Twitter that he would be staying with the north London club beyond the summer.
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This is despite Man City lodging a £100 million bid and the striker believing that he had a gentleman’s agreement with Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy about being sold this summer, and after failing to qualify for the Champions League or win a trophy last term, his mind appeared to be made up.
Castles spoke about where Kane found himself during the transfer window.
“Certainly, the inexperience of the people around Kane, I think has been demonstrated in the window, in that he believed he was going to get to Manchester City.
“He believed that because City had agreed to sign him and made him first-choice and were prepared to go to that transfer fee and the discussions they’d had previously with Levy, that it would be possible to extract himself from the club.
“Talking publicly about it at a very early stage was done in an unusual fashion with no end result, and an outcome where he had to back down and publicly state before the end of the window that he was happy to continue at Tottenham and he would give his best for the team.”
TIF Thoughts on Kane remaining at Spurs…
With Kane putting out a statement on Twitter that he was staying at Tottenham before the window closed for the summer, it allowed Spurs to have a much more calm and organised end to the transfer window, bringing in Emerson Royal and not having links and rumours about their striker potentially leaving in the final few days.
It appears that Kane will have liked to have moved to Man City as it is a much better opportunity to not only win trophies, but win some of the biggest in the game, however, given how Spurs have started their season with three wins and sitting top of the league, the striker may be willing to buy into Nuno Espirito Santo’s project after all.