Tottenham great Glenn Hoddle can't see Harry Kane forcing through a departure this summer.
Hoddle was reacting to last week's comments made by Kane after he was named London's Premier League Player of the Year at the Willow Foundation awards. The England captain, while flattered to win another individual gong, conceded he was now desperate to start winning "team trophies".
Kane's comments were interpreted by the press as a warning to Spurs that he is now looking elsewhere ahead of the summer market. However, Hoddle believes the striker will face a real battle with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy should he push to leave the club.
Hoddle said on his podcast ' The Glenn Hoddle Footy Show': "A lot's been said and a lot has been written about Harry in regards to speculation. The bottom line is, he still has a contract to 2024 and he's 28 in July.
"So you can imagine Daniel Levy won't let him go for whatever figure you want to put on him.
"He can't just up tools and go, that's not going to happen. So there's going to have to be some delicate negotiations."
Indeed, while Hoddle wouldn't blame Kane should he make a transfer request, the fact that he is tied to the club long-term is going to make it difficult for the centre-forward to force his way out.
The former Spurs manager continued: "Yes, would you blame him...? No you wouldn't. But at the end of the day, if he's under contract..."
On Tottenham's campaign overall, Hoddle admits it was one that promised so much in the beginning before the team's midseason slump.
Hoddle declared: "I think Tottenham are at a crossroads, long-term. It's been a funny season. They were top of the league, but so were seven or eight other teams and the class horse has come through. Man City, they've shown they're the class horse."
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