David Ornstein has revealed that the manner in which Harry Kane has announced his desire to leave Tottenham Hotspur will have hurt chairman Daniel Levy.
The Lowdown: Kane wants out
The 27-year-old recently dropped a bombshell on Levy and co at Spurs by revealing that he wishes to leave the club this summer (Sky Sports).
There has already been plenty of interest in the England captain, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea believed to the main contenders for his signature. It will therefore be difficult for Spurs to keep him at the club, not least as they only came seventh this season while the other trio all qualified for the Champions League.
The Latest: Ornstein reveals Levy “bitterness”
Speaking to Sky Sports News (via Daily Express), Ornstein revealed that Kane’s way of sharing his desire to depart will not have pleased Levy. The journalist said:
“What’s hurt Daniel Levy and the board is how he’s [Kane] gone about it.
“With a couple of games to go, the stories came out and then the interview he gave with Gary Neville as well.
“They feel that it’s heavily disrupted such a crucial part of the season when perhaps it could have been articulated differently after the end of the season.
“So I think there’s a little bit of bitterness there, from them towards him, that could affect how things play out from here.”
The Verdict: Tough negotiator
Of all the businessmen involved in the Premier League, Levy is perhaps the one you would least like to annoy. He has earned himself a reputation as a hard-nosed negotiator and is often unwilling to compromise to the desires of those trying to strike a deal with him.
Will Kane leave Spurs this summer?
Kane is Tottenham’s most valuable player according to Transfermarkt – it was always going to be difficult for him to leave north London easily anyway. By making his hopes and dreams public, he may have just awoken the wrath of Levy. It remains to be seen how this transfer saga plays out this summer.
In other news, Levy enquired about this star striker in February.
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