Harry Kane is in a similar position to the one that Dimitar Berbatov found himself in, and Jamie O’Hara has revealed the impact that his actions had on the rest of the squad
Former Tottenham star Jamie O’Hara is concerned that Harry Kane could follow in the footsteps of Dimitar Berbatov as the striker looks to force a move.
Kane has expressed that he wants to leave this summer, with Manchester City his intended destination, but Daniel Levy is holding firm with his £150million price-tag after insisting that Spurs don’t need to sell.
O’Hara was in the squad at the time – and has now lifted the lid on the impact it had on him and his teammates.
The former Tottenham midfielder told Mirror Sport: “Yeah, it’s not easy, it can disrupt the dressing room it really can and a player like Harry Kane is such a big player in the dressing room, such a big character.
“They all play football together, but they are mates so they’ll be discussing what’s going on and that can upset quite a bit, so it needs to just be put to bed now.”
Unlike the reports that suggested that Kane has not been training with his team-mates, Berbatov continued to train with his squad as normal, but was attending with the expectation that he was going to get his move.
However, although he did train, O’Hara revealed that it still unsettled the squad: “I had it with Berbatov. He didn’t not train, but he might as well have not been there, he was so not bothered.
“He didn’t want to be around, he didn’t really say hello to anyone, he was just coming in and waiting for the move.”
Berbatov left on deadline day in the summer of 2008, and joined United for £30.75m, with Levy also accepting a bid from City to drive up the transfer fee.
Levy’s patient transfer strategy has also previously been used with Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, as the chairman waited until as late as possible in the window to agree the deals, with the intentions of receiving more money.
O’Hara revealed that he knew this was going to happen with Berbatov – and fears the same could happen with Kane.
He added: “I knew it would get to the end of August and it just feels like it’s never ending.
“I know what Levy’s like and he will try and get every last penny out of Man City for Harry Kane, and that means it’s going to drag on.”
Kane is the only player who featured in England’s Euro 2020 squad that is yet to play this season, and has missed Tottenham’s opening two games.
Heung Min Son stepped up in his absence, and scored the only goal of the game in their Premier League opener, as Tottenham defeated champions City – Kane’s likely destination.
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