Harry Kane just takes a quick look at Gareth Bale to see a player who has won everything after leaving Tottenham for the European elite. However, since the Welshman’s career has gone bad in recent years, he also highlights the distinct risks associated with an exit.
The talk of a possible high-profile departure to Kane is nothing new. In fact, Tottenham fans are pretty bored. But this time it feels different. The English captain has always claimed that he will stay with his youth team as long as it matches his ambitions, which the seventh-placed club just doesn’t do from today’s perspective.
After insisting that he won’t make a decision about his future until after the European Championships this summer, it has been reported that the 27-year-old will be leaving the club if he fails to secure a spot in next season’s Champions League .
Tottenham are certainly not eliminated from the top four races, but after two bitterly disappointing results in a 2-2 draw with Newcastle and a 3-1 loss to Manchester United, their chances have scored a clear goal.
While Bale has now returned to Tottenham in quite a long season, there are some notable parallels between his last campaign with Tottenham in 2012/13 and the great season Kane is currently experiencing.
Gareth Bale signed on a world record £ 85m transfer for Real Madrid in 2013
In fact, he was significantly younger at just 24, but when Bale left for Real Madrid with a world record £ 85m transfer, it came after years of speculation temporarily halted the previous summer when the long winger got a new one Four-year contract concluded.
Just days later, a previously unmanaged Tottenham announced the appointment of Andre Villas-Boas, a former Chelsea manager hired to take the north London club to the next level.
Despite being sacked within 18 months, AVB’s Tottenham actually set a club record of 72 points in the Premier League in his first season, and Bale himself became a true world-class talent under his leadership.
He was named Premier League Player of the Season after scoring 21 goals in a spectacular campaign. Despite his formidable talisman, Tottenham landed a single point behind Arsenal and placed fifth. Bale traveled to Madrid this summer.
Bale developed significantly under AVB, as did Harry Kane with Jose Mourinho
The legendary Tottenham couple have been a delight to watch at times this season
Eight years fast forward and under the direction of former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, Kane – who still has three years under contract – is in the form of his life, but also heavily linked to an exit where Tottenham is likely to fail in the top four.
While Kane may not be specifically aware of these parallels, he will acknowledge that Bale has won four Champions League titles, a Spanish Cup, two Spanish Super Cups, three Uefa Super Cups and four Club World Cups with Madrid.
On the other hand, despite 105 goals and 68 assists in 251 games for Los Blancos, including winners in two Champions League finals and a Copa del Rey final, Bale was never really praised by Madrid fans or the Spanish media. a nightmare with his last campaigns.
Bale played a pivotal role in winning four Champions League trophies in Madrid
Bale’s relationship with manager Zinedine Zidane has since been strained by his season cut
At 30, Bale, arguably one of the best and most successful British players of all time, was seconds away from moving to China to leave Madrid just for the Spaniards to pull the plug at the last minute.
In short, Bale perfectly highlights the potential risks and opportunities that Kane faces.
But what options does the English captain actually have? While he may want to leave, there are very few clubs that could actually afford it, especially given the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, The Athletic’s David Ornstein has reported that under no circumstances will Daniel Levy allow him to move to another English club.
And while there are many similarities between Bale and Kane, they differ in that the latter is now number eight on the Premier League all-time top scorer chart, just 25 behind Andy Cole in third and 98 behind Alan Shearer in the top – a goal that is quite achievable for the 27-year-old striker.
Kane is heavily linked to a Spurs exit in which the club is battling for the top four in north London
So where would Kane go? Neither Barcelona nor Real Madrid currently have the finances. And while seeing Mauricio Pochettino again in Paris Saint-Germain might seem tempting, would he actually want to leave the Premier League for Ligue 1?
Even if Levy allowed a sale to another English club, perhaps Chelsea or United would give priority to an Erling Haaland or a Kylian Mbappe, especially considering Kane’s age and history of ankle injuries.
With Sergio Aguero set to leave at the end of the season, Manchester City are the only club that really makes sense to Kane. He announced a net loss of £ 126m for the 2019-2020 season last week.
And should moving to the elected champions prove impossible, while moving overseas would be difficult and ruin the chances of breaking Shearer’s record, perhaps his best move is to hold on for now.
One thing is certain: if he stays, Kane will forever go down in history as a Premier League legend and Tottenham. And with fans slowly returning, and with them finances, his currently limited options could expand dramatically by this point next year.