5 embarrassing transfer climbdowns as Harry Kane gives up on dream Man City move

Harry Kane has confirmed he will remain with Tottenham just months after making it clear that he wanted to leave, but he isn’t the first to try – and fail – to engineer a move

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Months of speculation was ended by Harry Kane on Wednesday, with the Tottenaham striker confirming he will remain with the club.

For much of the summer it looked to be a case of when, rather than if, Kane would leave for Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola isn’t used to not getting what he wants in the transfer market, but on this occasion he will need to look elsewhere.

Kane had reportedly made it clear that he wished to leave Spurs, with training ground ‘strikes’ and wedding ‘leaks’ building up to what many thought was the inevitable.

But that was blown out of the water with just 48 words.

Harry Kane has confirmed he will be sticking with Spurs for the upcoming season


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“It was incredible to see the reception from the Spurs fans on Sunday and to read some of the messages of support I’ve had in the last few weeks,” he posted on social media.

“I will be staying at Tottenham this summer and will be 100% focused on helping the team achieve success.”

So with that U-turn in mind, here are some other memorable transfer climbdowns.

Steven Gerrard (2004 and 2005)

Jose Mourinho tried to snag the Liverpool captain on three occasions, both at Real Madrid and Inter Milan, and perhaps most infamously during his time at Chelsea.

In 2004, it was claimed that Gerrard had told the Blues CEO Peter Kenyon that he intended to sign for them, only to see a £20million fall through.

Gerrard stunned Liverpool bosses by pushing for a move weeks after winning the Champions League


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Gerrard would then help Liverpool to a miraculous Champions League crown, with his efforts in Istanbul going into folklore.

“How can I think of leaving Liverpool after a night like this?” Gerrard said on the Ataturk pitch.

“I am really happy with the club. I will be having talks with the chairman and the manager shortly, but it is looking good.”

However, Gerrard would ultimately hand in a transfer request later that summer, explaining: “This has been the hardest decision I have ever had to make.

“I fully intended to sign a new contract after the Champions League final, but the events of the past five to six weeks have changed all that.”

Just 24 hours later, apologies were made, bridges were burned (after some Gerrard shirts were) and a new contract was signed.

And it was never mentioned again.

Wayne Rooney (2010 and 2013)

Another former England captain and another player that tipped his hand twice, only to see both attempts fall flat.

Firstly in 2010, Rooney released a statement explaining concerns he had with the direction of the club.

Wayne Rooney pushed for a move on two occasions


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“I met with David Gill [United’s chief executive] last week and he did not give me any of the assurances I was seeking about the future squad,” Rooney explained. “I then told him that I would not be signing a new contract.”

He did. But just three years later the situation repeated itself when Sir Alex Ferguson told reporters that he had asked for a transfer.

It never came to fruition and he would stick with the Red Devils for another four years, before sealing an emotional return to Everton.

David de Gea (2015)

More a machine malfunction than an actual climdown, De Gea’s move to Real Madrid looked a foregone conclusion.

The Spaniard had dreamed of playing for Los Blancos and that dream looked set to become a reality with both clubs agreeing to a deal.

Louis van Gaal had dropped the keeper from his United side, expecting his imminent departure before the end of the summer window.

Louis van Gaal dropped the Spaniard when his move to Real Madrid looked close to completion


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But the Spanish giants were unable to get a deal over the line before the window slammed shut, with legend claiming a pesky fax machine was the final stumbling block.

Six years on, De Gea remains at United with his ultimate ambition of joining Real Madrid now very unlikely.

Luis Suarez (2013)

“My reason for leaving is my family and my image, I don’t feel comfortable here any more,” Suarez told Uruguayan TV after scoring 30 goals under Brendan Rodgers.

Arsenal had made an audacious bid of £40,000,001 in order to trigger his release clause, and although that was rejected, Suarez did make it clear he wished to leave.

“It is a difficult moment for me, my coach and my colleagues know that they [the media] didn’t treat me well.

Luis Suarez attempted to engineer a move, a year before he eventually joined Barcelona


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“In England they talk about many things and in some ways I feel uncomfortable.”

Suarez’s statement came just weeks after he was banned for 10 matches after biting Branislav Ivanovic.

Gerrard then came to Liverpool’s rescue once again, arranging a meeting between player and coach which convinced him to stay for one more season.

He would go on to score 31 Premier League goals the following season as the Reds came agonisingly close to winning the title.

Following that campaign, he was granted his move, joining Barcelona where he would strike-up a stunning partnership with Lionel Messi.

John Stones (2015)

John Stones could have joined Chelsea before he moved to Man City


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A year before moving from the blue half of Merseyside for the blue half of Manchester, John Stones attempted to move to the blue side of London.

Aged 21, Stones handed in a transfer request after Everton rejected three bids from Chelsea, including one for £30m.

Sometimes money can’t buy everything and that is going to be a very strong statement at Everton,” then Toffees boss Roberto Martinez said.

And on that occasion money couldn’t buy everything. Fast-forward 12 months and it did however, as he made a £47m switch to Manchester City.

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