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Jamie Carragher sends message to Harry Kane amid Tottenham stand-off


Carragher offered Kane some advice (Picture: Getty/Metro)

Jamie Carragher warned Harry Kane not to ruin his legacy at Tottenham Hotspur amid the ongoing stand-off as he attempts to force through a move to Manchester City.

Kane has not reported back to training after his summer holidays and is hoping that he will be sold to Spurs’s Premier League rivals.

He was due to report to the club’s Enfield training base on Monday following a three-week holiday after Euro 2020 but so far has refused to return.

Kane has three years left on a six-year deal and Tottenham reportedly have no intention of selling but Kane is attempting to force the issue.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher compared the situation to his former team-mate Steven Gerrard’s decision to stay at Anfield rather than move to Chelsea.

Carragher compared Kane’s situation to Gerrard’s (Picture: AMA/Getty)

He revealed he told Gerrard to consider the ‘reputational damage’ pushing for a move would do and considered the ‘special’ relationship he had with his boyhood club.

And Carragher feels Kane is in a similar position and should consider his next move carefully.

‘I get he wants to win the Premier League, win the Champions League,’ Carragher wrote in The Telegraph.

‘I have no problem with him wanting to go to City. But it’s the way he’s going about trying to get that transfer by not turning up to training that is worrying.

‘My message to Harry would the same as it was to Stevie: don’t ruin your reputation for this; always think about your name and standing in the game. For me, that is as important as any trophy Harry could win.

‘When I think of players not turning up for training, people like Pierre van Hooijdonk and Carlos Tevez spring to mind. You might expect it from certain players but Harry is seen differently. He’s England captain. But is anyone telling Kane “don’t put yourself in that bracket”? 

‘I think missing one or two training sessions is not the end of that reputation but if this continues, if he really drags it through the mud and this becomes a massive saga, I’d be really disappointed in him because I think that much of him as a player and a professional.’

Kane’s future hangs in the balance (Picture: PA/Getty Images)

Carragher also defended Spurs chairman Daniel Levy for not budging on Kane’s asking price and believes Jack Grealish’s transfer to Manchester City is playing into Tottenham’s hands.

‘A lot of people are having a go at the Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy, saying he’s reneging on a handshake with Kane,’ he added.

‘But surely this gentleman’s agreement would have been along the lines of: “If you want to go, okay, you can go but someone has to cough up the money for you?” Levy has got to protect Tottenham’s interests. 

‘What is everyone expecting him to do? Move aside and roll over? Imagine the reaction from Tottenham fans to Levy if he let Kane leave on the cheap? If City are offering £100m for Jack Grealish then Harry Kane is £150m.

‘I love Grealish but how can you compare him to Kane? Kane is one of the best two or three players in the league. So the Grealish price plays into Levy’s hands.

But I still don’t understand this talk of Kane being backed into a corner. Has he? Why so? The club never forced Harry Kane to sign a six-year deal in 2018. It’s the fault of him and his advisors for signing a contract that long without a buyout clause, which was absolutely ridiculous.

‘Kane should be putting the ball in City’s court and saying, “If you want me, you know what it’s going to cost”.

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