Harry Kane will remain at Tottenham beyond the summer despite a genuine interest from a host of Europe’s top clubs in his services.
Kane has spent his entire professional career at Tottenham, except for a few low-profile loans during his early days.
The 27-year-old has established himself as one of the most prolific forwards of his generation and arguably one of the best in modern Premier League history.
Despite winning the Premier League Golden Boot award twice, the England captain doesn’t have a single piece of silverware to reflect on his impressive individual achievements.
There is no doubt that Kane deserves more than a Tottenham side that have so far proved unable to compete for titles.
At 27, the London native may want to consider leaving Jose Mourinho’s team to join a more prominent club.
In addition to Manchester United and Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona have also registered interest in Kane.
The prospect of challenging for trophies is the missing ingredient that would help the coveted striker stand out among his peers.
However, having earned a godlike status at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Kane seems reluctant to abandon Mourinho for a big-money move.
At least, that’s according to Steve McManaman, who is of the opinion that his compatriot will turn down foreign and domestic suitors to pledge his long-term future to the white jersey.
“The simple answer is, it’s easy to say ‘You need to leave Spurs because you need to be successful and win trophies.’ Tottenham want to be successful, but it’s hard in the Premier League. Especially when you’ve got Liverpool, Chelsea, and City knocking around,” former Liverpool and Real Madrid star told TEAMtalk.
“Of course that’s difficult. But the main thing for Harry Kane, for me, is for him to be happy. If he’s happy and scoring goals and being a legend and wants to stay at Tottenham, so be it.
“It doesn’t matter what team he goes to play for, he’ll always be wealthy enough and well-rewarded because he’s a super player.
“He’s got a young family, his wife and children might be happy where he is. They might have a family immediately close to them where they’re all happy, the children might be in happy schools. That’s the important thing.
“Of course, in an ideal world, he’ll want to be successful too. But if he moves to Manchester, if he moves to Madrid and you’re unhappy, and your wife’s unhappy, your children are unhappy, it makes a mockery of your decision. As long as he’s happy, he’s going to be a superstar wherever he plays.
“If he wants to win trophies, of course, the team who wins the most trophies at the moment is Manchester City. That would be an easy decision. But people get carried away with all this ‘He needs to win trophies to be a great player.’ He doesn’t, he’s a great player anyway.
“He’s going to be remembered as one of the best. Look at Alan Shearer. People talk about the lack of trophies he didn’t win but no one can tell me Alan Shearer isn’t an absolute superstar, not an absolute hero at Newcastle. And Harry Kane will be the same if he stays at Tottenham.”