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stand-off Frustrated Harry Kane believes Daniel Levy broke promises to let him leave Spurs


Frustrated: Harry Kane still holding out hope of a move to Manchester City this summer

Frustrated: Harry Kane still holding out hope of a move to Manchester City this summer

Frustrated: Harry Kane still holding out hope of a move to Manchester City this summer

Harry Kane has thrown down the gauntlet to Daniel Levy to make good on an understanding that he could leave Tottenham Hotspur if the club failed to win a trophy or finished outside the top four last season.

Sources close to the England captain insist that a frustrated Kane believes the Tottenham chairman has reneged on the promise, or so-called “gentlemen’s agreement”, he made in a meeting before the start of last season.

The striker believes he should be allowed to join Manchester City, wants to leave on good terms with his relationship with the fans being extremely important to him, and has reiterated all of this in subsequent meetings with Levy. Kane feels that the board have failed to match his ambition and should negotiate.

It is also understood that City’s bid for Kane already amounts to £125 million (€147m) in total – not the £100m previously reported – but that Levy has become so entrenched that he is now refusing to even discuss what would be a British-record transfer.

Spurs have insisted Kane is not for sale, but the two clubs are understood to have been in dialogue for more than a year about the move, with Kane aware of what was happening.

Much to City’s frustration, there are currently no talks and no indication Levy will change his mind.

City sources have indicated the club are expected to make “one final push” to sign Kane before the transfer window closes on August 31.

Sources also say that Kane’s intention is not to make one last effort to go, but to have the full situation explained out of respect for the fans. Despite being named in the original 25-man squad, Kane is not expected to travel to Portugal for Spurs’ Europa Conference League play-off against Pacos de Ferreira, but that is more to do with his fitness after returning late for training.

Kane is also frustrated at how that episode has been portrayed, believing he had been given an extended holiday by the club, who should have clarified that publicly.

Kane’s frustration largely appears to hinge on a meeting last year.

The 28-year-old accepts he has three years left on his contract but, according to sources close to him, he was told by Levy that Spurs would go all out to win a trophy and achieve a Champions League spot.

Kane’s understanding from the meeting was that if that did not happen – Spurs subsequently finished seventh in the Premier League and lost the League Cup final – he would be allowed to leave.

Kane finished the season with his third Golden Boot as the Premier League’s top scorer and was the leading assist-maker.

It is why Kane also then felt empowered to conduct a Sky Sports interview with former England coach Gary Neville in which, in a measured discussion, he effectively confirmed he would like to leave Spurs and wanted a “good, honest conversation with the chairman” about his future and what he could be sold for.

Kane maintains that a sale, for an amount that would beat the £100m (€117m) City paid for Jack Grealish, would be good for Spurs as well as for him.

The greatest disappointment for Kane is that he hoped if a deal could be struck he would be able to leave Spurs with the blessing of the club and the fans, but that has clearly not yet happened.

Kane was left out of Sunday’s opening league match – ironically at home to City – and was not at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after being told he did not need to be with the squad.

He watched the game on television and heard the fans chanting, “Are you watching Harry Kane?” towards the end of the unexpected victory.

According to sources, Kane fully accepts the reaction but also hopes the fans will understand his position, particularly after all the successful years of service he has given to the club.

Kane does not intend to submit a transfer request, even in a late attempt to try to force the move, because his position is clear.

Neither will he try to force the move and will fully accept the situation if he has to stay and continue his career at Tottenham, even if he still harbours hopes of leaving for City in the next few days if Levy is willing to reopen talks.

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