Harry Kane will remain at Tottenham Hotspur for the upcoming season, ending Manchester City’s summer-long pursuit of the striker.
The England captain confirmed his commitment to Spurs in a message on Twitter, having spent the past few months pushing for a move to City which has failed to materialise.
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Kane said: “It was incredible to see the reception from the Spurs fans on Sunday and to read some of the messages of support I’ve had in the last few weeks. Clapping hands sign.
“I will be staying at Tottenham this summer and will be 100% focused on helping the team achieve success.”
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was adamant Kane was not for sale and it seems he has got his wish. Kane and Levy were at loggerheads over the exact nature of their conversations last summer.
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Levy was understood to believe the ‘gentleman’s agreement’ was that Kane would only be sold to a foreign club – unless an “amazing” offer was made by a Premier League side. Kane believed the proposal was put forward in subsequent meetings far more recently and, crucially, he never agreed to it insisting they stuck to the original plan.
City were expected to make one more effort to sign Kane before the window shuts at 11pm next Tuesday, but Levy did not drop his valuation or bow to any pressure over the striker’s future. Sources believe that Levy could even refuse a bid that gets close to £150million for Kane, despite the figure previously being quoted as his asking price for the 28-year-old.
City will now be faced with the choice of not signing a striker or considering an alternative. Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic, who was a target of Tottenham, is believed to have been considered by City.
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