William Gallas Exclusive: Tottenham Must Let Kane Leave
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William Gallas Exclusive: Tottenham Must Let Kane Leave

Tottenham Hotspur should allow their talisman Harry Kane to depart so he can go in search of trophies – that’s the opinion of former Spurs defender William Gallas. The England captain reportedly came close to joining Manchester City last summer, but they were unwilling to pay the North Londoners’ reported £150 million asking price. Kane has netted 167 goals from his 258 Premier League appearances and is on course to surpass Alan Shearer’s record for the division. However, the only honours he has to his name are a handful of Golden Boot awards, as domestic silverware continues to evade him – and Gallas believes that is the reason Spurs should sell.


Spurs Must Let Kane Leave

Speaking exclusively to Genting, the Frenchman said: “I believe if he wants to leave, Tottenham have to let him, because I hope for him that he gets to have an opportunity to lift a trophy. 

“Unfortunately, Tottenham can’t give him that right now. I feel the uncertainty has played a part in his comparatively poor start to the season.

“I know him from my time at Tottenham and I spoke about him a few months ago. 

“Tottenham didn’t let him leave and perhaps give him the chance to maybe win the Premier League, if he had moved to Manchester City as rumoured. 

“He looks OK the way he is playing, but it’s not the Harry Kane we know and it feels that everybody knows that the decision from (chairman) Daniel Levy to keep him has affected him a lot. 

“I don’t know what’s going to happen for him in the summer.”

No Sale In January

Gallas, who donned a Tottenham shirt 78 times across a three-year stint at the club, admits it is unlikely that Spurs will sell Kane in January — and thinks that waiting until the summer would be the best option for the forward.

“You know, I’m not a big fan of moving during the season, it’s not easy,” he explained.

“You play for six months for one club and then you play for six with another. 

“It’s very important to settle as a player, you have to think about your family – if your family doesn’t feel good it can affect your performances. 

“Personally, I feel even if City come in January, Tottenham won’t let him go. He has to wait at (least until) the end of the season, I think that would be best for all parties.

“It would be a great shame if he did stay at Spurs, he would be a legend for Tottenham, that is for sure. 

“But at the end of his career, if he doesn’t lift one major trophy, I’m telling you, it will be hard for him to accept that. 

“He has been the best forward in the Premier League for a few seasons, he has given everything to Tottenham when he played. 

“If a player of his talent hasn’t got a title when he retires, he will be very sad.”

Champions League Qualification Not Enough

There are some suggestions that qualifying for the Champions League this season could tempt Kane to pause his pursuit of a move away. But Gallas remains unconvinced, saying:

“I don’t think qualifying for the Champions League would change his mind, I still believe he will want to leave.”




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