Later News Aug 25

Daniel Levy 1 Man City 0 – Harry Kane ends transfer speculation, declares loyalty to Spurs

The football transfer market is simple. Two or more teams chase after a player for a period of time, and at the end, Daniel Levy always wins.


And the Tottenham Hotspur chairman has done it again – this time, by making it so difficult for Harry Kane to leave the club that he has conceded defeat and resigned himself to continuing his trophyless existence at Spurs.


More importantly, Levy sent a message to Manchester City – and to every other club in the world – that if they wanted a Spurs player, they had best be prepared to pay Daniel’s levy.


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Kane, who was tirelessly wooed by City all summer, had made no secret of his desire to join the reigning English Premier League (EPL) champions, and even went on a mild strike to try and force Levy’s hand.


That evidently only served to harden Levy’s resolve to keep Kane, as he reportedly demanded that City cough up a whopping £150m (S$278m) for the England captain. City, however, were only willing to pay up to £100m – an offer that Levy had no qualms in rejecting.


Reports suggested that Kane believed he had a gentleman’s agreement with Levy that he would be allowed to leave Spurs this summer. The only problem with that is that Levy is as much of a gentleman as Donald Trump when it comes to the transfer market.


With negotiations at an impasse, and with just six more days to the close of the transfer window, Kane has decided that maybe it would actually be okay to stay at Spurs, in what is possibly the most public example of Stockholm syndrome since Beauty opted to stay with Beast.


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In a statement posted on his social media pages, Kane, who made his first appearance of the season this past weekend in Spurs’ 1-0 win over Wolves, said: “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.


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


Spurs manager Nuno Espirito Santo was understandably happy that Kane – who won the EPL Golden Boot last season – had committed to staying at the club for the coming campaign.


WATCH: Nuno reacts to Kane's decision to stay at Spurs


“Great news. Fantastic news for everybody (at Spurs), “said Nuno. “Since Harry joined us, he has been working, so this is what we value. His attitude in training sessions has been great. It's finished, Harry is going to be with us.


“We are all very happy. One of the best players in the world. We are all delighted to have one more option for the season ahead of us.”


City's failure to land Kane leaves them dangerously light in attack, especially as backup striker Gabriel Jesus has since found a new lease of life on the right wing.


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Watch this space...




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