Harry Kane deal is a 'signal of intent from' Tottenham
Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes the his former club have made a statement of intent after handing Harry Kane a new contract at Tottenham that will run until 2022.
Kane had been in talks with Spurs since the summer and his new deal extends his stay at White Hart Lane by a further two years.
The England striker finished top scorer in the Premier League last season with 25 goals and has hit the net five times already this term.
"It's amazing. Everyone knows how much I love this team and what I feel for this club," Kane told Tottenham's official club website.
"To sign another contract is a special feeling. We've got a great, young squad and the club is moving in the right direction."
Reports suggest that Kane will collect a basic wage of around £80,000 a week to put him on a par with goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, the team's captain and now joint-highest earner.
It ensures the deal does not break Tottenham's strict wage structure but Kane will receive a number of performance related bonuses which, if activated, will see him move close to the £120,000 a week mark. The 23-year-old had previously earned around £50,000 a week.
In the opinion of Sky Sports pundit Redknapp, the deal represents a crucial moment in Tottenham's development, as they appear to be bucking a trend of selling their top stars to Premier League rivals.
“The Harry Kane contract situation was one everyone was watching carefully and Tottenham could not allow another one of their big names to walk away,” Redknapp told ESPN.
“They sold Michael Carrick, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale as soon as they reached that top level and there was a worry that if Kane did not get the contract he deserved, he could go the same way.
“Tottenham fans have been patient with the club over certain situations because they have got lucky in the last few years to find a player in Harry Kane who has gone to that level and they didn’t have to pay a penny to get him.
“There was never any expectations that Kane could be a top level striker when he was going off on loan everywhere a few years ago, but he is now a proven and brilliant striker and he needed to be rewarded for that.
“He needs to be paid the going rate for a player of his standing in the game. He should be on the wages at Tottenham that he would be on if he was at Manchester United and I was not sure whether the club would give him that kind of deal.
“If he didn’t get that, then you would risk losing him to a club willing to pay him what he is worth and there would be plenty of those out there because we can all see that the guy is top quality now.
Kane's commitment comes as a major boost to the club, who have already persuaded the likes of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Eric Dier to sign new contracts this year, as well as manager Mauricio Pochettino.
After coming through Tottenham's academy, Kane made his debut in 2011 but it was towards the end of the 2013-14 campaign that he first made an impact.
The following season he scored 21 goals in the league and he now has 70 overall for Spurs in 137 appearances.
Kane has only recently returned from a seven-week absence with an ankle injury but has scored four goals in his last four matches.
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