Harry Kane rocked the Premier League on Monday evening as it emerged he would like to leave Tottenham this summer.
The striker – who has been on Spurs’ books since 2004 – informed his boyhood club of his intention to depart at the end of a disappointing season.
The news comes as a major blow to Tottenham, who are hugely reliant on Kane’s steady stream of goals. The north London club is now faced with losing their talisman to Manchester City, Manchester United or Chelsea, each of whom have made enquiries.
But Kane’s transfer request is hardly a surprising one in light of comments he has made about winning – or failing to win – trophies.
While the 27-year-old has finished as a runner-up in the Premier League, Champions League and Carabao Cup twice, he is yet to collect his first winners’ medal – which is certainly surprising for a player of his world-class ability.
In 2017, Kane openly admitted he would be “disappointed” not to have won any trophies within three years, so it comes as no surprise he is keen on a summer move away from Spurs.
“I just want to win trophies,” Kane told Sky Sports in 2017. “I just want to win.
“I don’t think there’s a day that goes past where I wake up and [don’t] think, ‘I want to win something, I want to win the Premier League, I want to win the Champions League, I want to win the FA Cup’.
“And in three years time, if I haven’t won a few trophies by then, it will be disappointing.
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“When you walk in the training ground there’s got to be a wall saying Premier League winners or FA Cup winners or European [Cup] winners.”
Asked which trophy he covets the most, Kane added: “I think the Premier League. It’s the season, you know, you play 38 games.
“It’s a long season, it’s a tough season, to come out with that Premier League title would be incredible.”
Kane doubled down on his stance last month as he picked up yet another personal accolade at the London Football Awards.
“When I look back at the end of my career, these are all the things I’ll go over and take in a little bit more, but the goal right now as a player is to win team trophies,” said the Three Lions captain
“As much as this is great, I want to be winning the biggest team prizes. We’re not quite doing that. It’s bittersweet, but it is what it is. I’m proud to win [Premier League Player of the Year], it’s been a good season on the pitch.”
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