Harry Kane is ‘highly likely’ to remain at Tottenham beyond this season due to one important factor, according to Paul Merson.
Kane’s future at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is in doubt as he enters the final 14 months of his contract.
After several loan spells, Kane broke into the Spurs starting XI back in 2014 under Tim Sherwood.
It was under Mauricio Pochettino that the 29-year-old began to establish himself as one of the best strikers in world football.
Nine years on, Kane is Spurs’ all-time leading goalscorer and looks likely to break Alan Shearer’s record of 260 goals in the Premier League.
At the time of writing, the England skipper has 204 top-flight goals, four off Wayne Rooney in second and obviously 56 behind Shearer, which Kane can realistically score between now and the end of the 2024-25 campaign.
His future in north London is a huge talking point. There are lots of reports circulating ahead of the summer transfer window.
Many journalists claim he is ready to move on after 19 years at Spurs, though it is believed that Daniel Levy wants around £100million to sell the club’s prized asset.
Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing Kane – two years after he failed to force a move to their rivals Manchester City.
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19 years without a single trophy with your boyhood club must sting, and Kane’s severe lack of silverware and Spurs’ lack of ambition is believed to be pushing him toward the exit door.
However, former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson thinks Kane could stay at Spurs due to one important factor: his wife’s pregnancy.
The striker recently announced that his wife Kate is pregnant with their fourth child, and Merson reckons Kane is ‘highly likely to stay’ as his wife ‘will want to be around her family’ when their child is born.
Merson also mentioned Spurs’ pursuit of a new manager and whether or not Levy will ask Kane for advice on who to appoint following the dismissal of Antonio Conte.
‘Spurs need to make their mind up quickly because their next manager could decide the future of Harry Kane, who we know is out of contract in the summer of 2024,’ Merson wrote in his last-ever Daily Star column.
‘Thankfully for Tottenham, I think Kane is highly likely to stay after announcing his wife Kate is pregnant with their fourth child.
‘It’s only natural that Kate will want to be around her family – like we all do – when we welcome a child into the world. Kane also has three other little ones and relocating to Manchester wouldn’t be easy at all.
‘It depends how much he wants to maximise his chances of success although I have said it all along, there is no guarantee he will win the Premier League with Manchester United if they were to pay up.
‘United’s Carabao Cup triumph over Newcastle was their first trophy since 2017, they are undoubtedly on the up but Arsenal and Manchester City are still very much superior.
‘It wouldn’t surprise me if Daniel Levy says to Kane: “Who do you think should be our next manager?”
‘That’s how important Kane is to Tottenham. The first thing any new manager will ask is whether the England captain is going to be staying next season.’