Tottenham’s Harry Kane says ‘conscience is clear’ after Manchester City move failed
Harry Kane insists his ‘conscience is clear’ after trying to force the transfer from Tottenham to Manchester City and believes the saga has not damaged his reputation.
The 28-year-old asked to leave Spurs ahead of the start of Euro 2020, convinced he had an agreement with President Daniel Levy that he would be allowed to leave if a suitable offer was presented.
However, Levy’s valuation exceeded £ 150million and he has been reluctant to consider parting ways with Kane given he has three years left on his current £ 200,000 a week contract.
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City have hinted they would be willing to pay around £ 100million for Kane, but never made an official offer approaching the price Levy asked, despite the England captain trying to get out of the box. ‘deadlock in showing up late for preseason testing earlier this month.
Kane later confirmed he was staying at Spurs ‘this summer’ and despite an earlier icy reaction when he missed Tottenham’s opening weekend victory over City – in which fans chanted pointedly : « Are you looking at Harry Kane? – he was greeted warmly by fans on his first start in Sunday’s 1-0 Premier League win over Watford.
When asked if the whole episode tarnished his reputation, Kane told TalkSport, “No, I don’t think so. I think anyone involved in the football industry knows the ins and outs. I was pretty calm with the situation, but when you’re in it and you know the truth, then your conscience is clear.
“There will always be noise. My whole career I’ve had ups and downs, from my youth to where I am, it’s part of the lot.
“A lot of people who know me will say that I am a professional athlete who has dedicated my life to this game and that is what I will continue to do.
“My goal now is to move forward, the goal has always been to make money with Tottenham and that is the goal every year. «
Kane also claimed he did not find the summer difficult despite lingering uncertainty about where he will play this season.
“I’m good enough to get away from it all,” he said. « After the final [of Euro 2020], I was in England for a few days, then I went on vacation for a few weeks.
“When I’m away, I’m rarely on the phone to be honest. I really try to use this time to get away from it all.
“I know there was a lot of noise around me but I was pretty calm. I knew what the situation was between me and the club and that’s how it’s going to stay.
“Everyone has their opinion on it, but it is part of the profession in which we practice. I am fully focused on the club and the country and look forward to a great year. «