Tottenham: Club stance on Kane contract; duo among 'best around'; Chelsea hi-jacked summer deal
Spurs are not concerned by Harry Kane’s contractual situation, that is according to Sky Sports sources. Kane’s current deal expires in 2020, so the need to sign him up on a fresh deal is not urgent quite yet. However, Daniel Levy imposes a rather strict wage structure that means Spurs’ top earners do not bring in more than £100,000 per week. Kane, who has scored more than 20 Premier League goals in each of the last two seasons, earns £60,000 a week which is far below is market value; especially if you consider the premium that England regulars carry. Summer signing Moussa Sissoko is on more money than him, which doesn’t quite reflect their respective status within the team.
With a stadium move looming in two seasons time, it is vital that Tottenham tie down their key assets on a long-term basis. Funds could be a little tighter once Spurs move into their new home, though the influx of cash from the latest round of TV deals should ease the burden. Kane has attracted interest from Manchester United and Chelsea in the past, but seems happy at Tottenham; a club who have stuck by him through numerous loan moves and spells in the lower leagues as a young player. Loyalty works both ways, and Kane seems like the sort of character that will want to repay that trust. However, it is not greed to want a wage that reflects your importance to the team.
Elsewhere, former Spurs skipper and club legend Ledley King has said full backs Danny Rose and Kyle Walker are ‘among the best around’. Both player were objects of plenty of criticism in their early days at White Hart Lane but have developed exceptionally under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino. Both had a hand in England’s goals against Scotland at Wembley last Friday, and are the pair are among the first name’s on the Tottenham teamsheet at present. King said:
“In my time, there was no emphasis to get forward for full-backs.
“Modern-day full-backs have to be so fit and have the speed not just to attack with pace but to be able to recover as well.
“A lot of the game is played through the full-backs and they are vital in this team. These two are a big reason why we’re performing at such a high level, and the way they’ve developed is incredible.”
Finally, according to reports in the Daily Express Chelsea hijacked Tottenham’s move for Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi because the north London club could not meet his wage demands. The Blues also gazumped Tottenham’s move for Brazilian midfielder Willian a few summers ago. With the exorbitant wealth of the top Premier League clubs, this is a problem Spurs could continue to face. Pochettino is adept at bringing through youngsters, but could well grow frustrated at their inability to land first-choice targets.
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