Gary Neville believes that “something fundamentally wrong” must have happened behind the scenes for Harry Kane to strike at Tottenham, with the player now on a collision course with chairman Daniel Levy.
Kane was due to report to the club’s training base in Enfield on Monday morning after his three-week post-European break for Covid and other pre-season testing.
The 28-year-old refused to attend, however, pulling the lines tight in his attempts to force a move to Manchester City and again absent on Tuesday. He is believed to be planning to return to the club later in the week, but his reputation has been damaged.
With Tottenham claiming throughout the saga that they have no intention of selling a player who has three years left, Sky Sports Expert Neville gives his opinion on the extraordinary developments.
“Kane took over Levy”
If Harry Kane was to come to Tottenham for pre-season training on Monday, he should have come back. You can never advocate a player not showing up for training – it’s that simple.
You have to show up and do your job. However, I’ve worked with Harry and can’t think of a more professional footballer I’ve ever seen.
He’s doing everything right, so he needs to be seriously upset. Something bad happened that made him do it.
It still doesn’t excuse me for it. He should have come to training and you respect your teammates. You still have to go to them and sit in the locker room, but it is now clear that there is a collision course.
Kane wants to win trophies and fight for the championship title. Will Tottenham do that? Probably not in the next two or three years.
They were already on a collision course at the end of last season when Harry clearly sensed something was happening and he picked up Daniel Levy. Not many do and not many come out on the other side, but it will be interesting to see which clubs are involved.
It looks like Manchester City and they have clearly made an offer that is insufficient for Spurs. Harry thinks it’s enough while Daniel thinks it isn’t. Hopefully they can find a compromise, but whether they do that remains to be seen.
What if a deal doesn’t go through?
If a compromise can’t be found it could get a little messy for a couple of weeks as Harry clearly wants to leave. There is no doubt about it – it is now visible to all.
It was open to everyone a few months ago and I can understand why. He wants to go ahead and win trophies and he wants to fight for the championship title.
Will Tottenham do that? Probably not in the next two or three years – they haven’t in the last 20-30 years, save for a challenge or two.
He had to show up for training, but there has to be a massive reason behind the scenes. It all depends on what was agreed, but I can only imagine Harry feeling that the agreement has been withdrawn on Tottenham’s side.
He wouldn’t do this unless something was wrong behind the scenes. It’s a big phone call to make. If the English captain doesn’t show up at his club, it won’t get any bigger.
Harry now has to come back in quickly and run around the square with his teammates. As much as he wants to leave, as much as he feels struggled and as much as he is annoyed with the guy making the decisions, he has to get back to his teammates.
They are professional gamblers who look up to him. He’s a big icon in this club and in this country, so I think he needs to get back into the group very quickly.
Will Kane show up for training anytime soon?
Sky Sports News reporter Gary Cotterill:
“It was another busy day in this extraordinary story. We counted the cars and the players when they came to a training session. When we saw Harry Kane was absent, we thought he would be on strike for a second day.
âAt around 11 am, we had confirmation that he would not show up for training for the second day in a row. But we were then told that this is a protest that won’t last very long.
“He wants to make it clear that he is frustrated that he has received a verbal agreement that he could and would be sold if the right offer is received. The club comment on his belief that this is the case, not his frustration about a word coming back, it will strike again for the remainder of this week.
“Tottenham will play Chelsea on Wednesday night, then we can expect him to strike again on Thursday and Friday, but then come to practice as usual this weekend. Fines will be imposed on that basis.”
How will Spurs react to the striker?
Sky Sports News reporter Gary Cotterill:
âIt depends on your position within the club. If you are Chairman Daniel Levy there will certainly be frustration and anger, I am sure.
“Nuno Espirito Santo and his players will be relieved to hear that he will return this weekend. He may not be the captain, but he is the talisman and he is certainly their best player, the academy boy-made-good and the English captain.
“It doesn’t look good for young players who want to be Harry Kane one day and it doesn’t send them good news but we know how much he feels about the situation. There will be relief when he comes back but seven days . ” then it is enough to get him ready for them Super sunday Clash on the opening weekend against Manchester City, ironically?
“It’s a tough question when he’s gone four weeks. Given the scenario, will he still want to play and would he be mentally in the right shape to play?”
Is Kane Right to Go on Strike?
Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth:
âI still feel like something must have happened behind the scenes for Harry Kane to do what he does. Why should he risk the wrath of the supporters who love and adore him unless something has happened?
“A lot of people make fun of the fact that there are no gentlemen’s agreements, but let’s say, for example, there was an agreement between Daniel Levy and Kane. If someone offers you Â£ 100m next summer, we’ll allow you to go.”
“If that is the case, Kane will take it as taking back his word. Strike seems to be the last resort – if someone withdraws from training. Something must have happened in the background for Kane to leave.” on strike. “
Still holding the cards in the saga?
Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol:
“I think Tottenham is keeping a dignified silence during all of these things. We can sit down and talk about his Bahamas vacation and the gentleman’s arrangement, but the bottom line is that none of it matters. All that matters is that he still has three years. ” on his contract and the valuation Spurs gave him is around Â£ 150million.
âIf someone wants to sign Kane, they have to pick up the phone, reach Daniel Levy and offer Â£ 150 million. If you do, Mr. Levy is sure to have a chat, but if you don’t then you’re wasting your time.
“My personal point of view is that I don’t think any player is worth Â£ 150m in the world, but in the past players have been signed for Â£ 200m. Kane is probably the best striker in the world, his goal record is incredible, especially at a club like Spurs.
“I can understand why Spurs would charge him Â£ 150m and it looks like Man City is unwilling to pay that fee so Kane may have to stay. If so, he’ll still be his Â£ 200,000 pick up per week. “
“Kane should never have signed a six-year deal”
Peterborough owner and chairman Darragh MacAnthony has criticized Kane’s decision to sign a six-year deal with Tottenham in June 2018 when he tried to force a move to Manchester City.
Talk about exclusive The Sky Sports News transfer showCommenting on the reported ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ the player had with Spurs owner Daniel Levy, MacAnthony said: “Like everything in life, there is no guarantee if you have nothing in writing.
“Harry Kane takes on Daniel Levy but obviously he has some advice and probably feels it’s the right thing to do.
“I don’t like it when a player does that, let alone the English captain.
âHe’s a world class player, but the question I would ask is what did he even do when he signed a six year deal? Who in the world signs a contract that will take you to the age of 30 or 31?
“You won’t get a hefty deal after that – it should have been a four-year deal and then Spurs would have been able to do business.”