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Spurs striker Harry Kane: Exhibition

Spurs striker Harry Kane: Exhibition

Spurs striker Harry Kane: Exhibition

The Museum of London will open its doors next week to an exhibition on Harry Kane entitled: I want to play football. His exit from Tottenham Hotspur, should he again consider his future at the club this summer, is less obvious.

By a quirk of fate, the start date of the exhibition, May 21, will mark one year to the day since Kane made his first public pitch to move to Manchester City during a round of golf with Gary Neville that was broadcast on the pundit’s YouTube channel.

Back then, Kane made it clear that simply playing football was no longer enough and that it was time to win. Fast forward a year and the only prize he can claim this season is a top-four place that could be destined for Arsenal instead.

In the press release for the exhibition, Kane spoke of his “delight” at showcasing his “trophies, shirts, golden boots and some personal pieces which haven’t been seen publicly before”. It was not obvious which trophies Kane could have been referencing, given he has not lifted any with Tottenham or England. There will certainly be no winner’s medals on display, although visitors will be able to listen to Kane’s pre-match playlist.

Zeynep Kussan, the curator of the exhibition, said “we shouldn’t wait until something is in the past to celebrate it” and it may well be that Kane’s hopes of making a move that would pretty much guarantee trophies are history.

City made one bid for Kane last summer, £85 million plus £15m in add-ons, that came nowhere near chairman Daniel Levy’s valuation of the player and Tottenham barely had to put up a fight to keep their star man, who returned late to pre-season and missed the opening game of the campaign.

There was no debating the fact Pep Guardiola was keen to add Kane to his squad, but the Premier League champions have not hung around to find out what the 28-year-old might want to do this year.

Erling Haaland will instead profit from the deliveries of Kevin De Bruyne, who Kane told Neville is a “striker’s dream”.

Manchester United had been considered a realistic potential destination for Kane this summer while the Old Trafford club were considering appointing his former Spurs manager, Mauricio Pochettino.

Kane might have gambled on United returning to somewhere near their former glory under Pochettino, with whom he went so close to winning the Premier League title and Champions League at Spurs, but playing for Erik ten Hag at a club with so many issues to solve is unlikely to be tempting.

Kane’s exhibition runs until the World Cup in December and the smart money would be on him still playing in London with Tottenham by then.

It has been clear for some time that Kane has prioritised country over club and there is no chance he will make any decision that could risk his form ahead of a World Cup he will feel he can win with England.

During his round of golf with Neville, Kane ruled out moving abroad by saying, “I don’t think that really interests me in the near future”, and admitted that Alan Shearer’s Premier League goalscoring record of 260 was in his sights. That only leaves Liverpool, who would be more likely to try for Son Heung-min than Kane, and Chelsea, who Tottenham would refuse to sell to.

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With two years remaining on his contract this summer, it would seem Levy, rather than Kane or Neville, is still in possession of the keys to any exit door.

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