Tottenham striker Harry Kane has given the biggest indication yet that he is ready to leave the Premier League club – and says he will be in control of his own future.
Kane has reportedly told Spurs he wants to be sold at the end of the season after being frustrated by the lack of progress at the north London club.
Chelsea have reportedly emerged as one of three clubs to have made contact with the striker’s representatives, although Manchester City and United are said to be the first.
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The daily mailreport that the two clubs are prepared to offer Kane a salary of £ 300,000 (AU $ 548,000) per week, and that Tottenham are said to be prepared to receive a staggering fee of £ 150million (AU $ 274million).
The England captain, who turns 28 in July, has three more years on his contract and Spurs have publicly been firm in their position that he is not for sale, meaning there could be a stalemate.
Kane says he needs a conversation with President Daniel Levy about his future.
“I think it’s definitely a conversation to have with the club,” Kane told Gary Neville’s YouTube channel The Overlap. “I want to play in the biggest games, the biggest moments.
“Like, this season I’m here watching the Champions League, watching the English teams do an incredible job there. These are the games I want to participate in. I want to participate.
“So this is a time in my career where I have to reflect and see where I am and have a good, honest conversation with the president. Hope we can have this conversation.
“I’m sure he will want to set the plan for where he sees it, but ultimately it will be up to me, how I feel and what will be best for me and my career.
He added: “I don’t want to come to the end of my career and have regrets. I want to be the best I can be.
“I never said I would stay at Spurs for the rest of my career and I never said I would leave Spurs. People might say, ‘he desperately needs trophies, he needs trophies’, but I feel like I still have almost another career to play.
“I am seven, eight years old, a bit like what I had before in the Premier League. So I’m not rushing anything, I’m not desperate to do anything.
ARSENAL PRÊT REVEALS ITS DESIRE
Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock came to life on loan at Newcastle – and he now appears to have stated where he hopes for his future.
“I want to thank you for welcoming me and thank you for welcoming me with open arms,” he told NUFC tv.
“I hope you are happy with what I have given the club so far and I hope there will be more to continue in the future.
“I’m not going to promise anything, but the conversation is going to take place.”
Willock made Premier League history this week by scoring in a sixth consecutive game.
At 21 years and 272 days old, he becomes the youngest player in English elite history to do so.
Arsenal are reportedly playing the ball hard on his permanent signing with Metro, reporting that the club have set an asking price of £ 20million (AU $ 36.5million).
LAMPARD OPENS TO TAKE A STEP BACK
Meanwhile, former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has indicated he would be ready to take a step back to get his managerial career back on track.
The Chelsea legend was dropped by the club earlier this season for Thomas Tuchel, but said Daily Mirror that he is ready to return to management.
“I would be in favor of going into the championship,” Lampard told the publication.
“If it was the right club, the right project, for sure.
“I don’t have an ego where I feel just because I succeeded in the Champions League, that’s it and it’s over. My year at Derby has been such an enjoyable year.