Harry Kane has revealed talks on a new Tottenham contract are yet to begin and says Spurs must start winning trophies to keep hold of their star men.
Kane has seen Philippe Coutinho leave Liverpool for Barcelona in a £145million deal this month and his outlook on big-money moves is: ‘If a player wants to go then why would you stop him?’
Spurs want to secure Kane’s future with a new contract worth up to £200,000 per week, but he says talks are yet to begin and he has not been told of any coming up.
Asked directly whether he was in discussions over a new contract, Kane said: ‘No’. Quizzed on whether talks were planned, he added: ‘Not that I know of.’
The 24-year-old is happy at Tottenham but wants to see progression and start winning trophies as soon as possible.
‘I’ve always said (what the club needs to do): keep progressing, keep getting better, start winning trophies,’ Kane said. ‘That’s the aim, as long as the club keep doing that then, yeah, I’m happy here.’
Manager Mauricio Pochettino conceded on Sunday night that it would be impossible to force Kane to stay if his star striker ever has desires on a big-money move away, like Coutinho did.
Pochettino was considering the wider impact of huge offers from the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid, and Kane’s outlook on how much of a say players should have is similar.
‘I think if a player wants to go then why would you stop him? He’s not going to be in the club, he’s not going to play every game, he’s not going to put his heart on the line so…,’ the Spurs striker said.
‘From the Coutinho point of view I think he’s been very professional in the six months he has played this year and, look, Liverpool have got a good offer from Barca and accepted it.
‘I wouldn’t say they’re powerless but I can see why if a player wants to go you would let him go.
‘Again, it’s a matter of opinion. It’s hard to talk about but the situation at the time, you kind of assess it and I suppose see what’s best for the team and what the manager wants to do and you go from there really.’
Kane’s urge for Tottenham to start winning trophies could make the FA Cup more of a priority this season, with it presenting a great chance to end a decade-long silverware drought with any shot at the Premier League title over.
Spurs saw off Wimbledon in a 3-0 win at Wembley with Kane scoring twice to reach the fourth round on Sunday.
‘I think this year especially with the league, kind of being out of contention — of course we want to finish in the top four — but there’s a chance for us to win a competition so we’ll see,’ Kane said.
‘We want to win a trophy somehow and this is a competition we’re looking at to do that in.’