Harry Kane: I would love to play with Man City's Kevin De Bruyne

Harry Kane says he would love to play with ‘striker’s dream’ Kevin De Bruyne in first public hint of a move to Man City ahead of United and Chelsea as he opens up to Gary Neville on his Spurs exit plans

  • Tottenham star Harry Kane has asked for an exit from the club this summer 
  • Manchester City are leading the race for the 27-year-old England captain
  • Kane has told Gary Neville it would be a dream to play with Kevin de Bruyne
  • The City star would help him score more goals, according to the Tottenham man 

Harry Kane has given the biggest hint that Manchester City could be his next club should he leave Tottenham by describing Kevin de Bruyne as a ‘striker’s dream’. 

The England captain revealed his desire to quit the north London club earlier this week after a disappointing season for Spurs, with Manchester City currently leading the way for the £150million-rated forward.

And Kane has told Gary Neville that Belgian superstar De Bruyne, one of City’s leading player’s this season under Pep Guardiola, would ‘for sure’ help him score more goals next season.

Harry Kane (right) admits playing with Man City’s Kevin de Bruyne (left) is a ‘striker’s dream’

City are leading the race for Kane (above) who has asked to leave Tottenham this summer

Kane told Neville in the pundit’s YouTube channel The Overlap: ‘When I watch De Bruyne play he’s a special, special player and some of the balls I see him put in for City are just a striker’s dream if I’m honest.

‘But yeah he’s outstanding – you’ve seen him year in year out – he’s an outstanding player with the ball, off the ball, pressing. But his delivery is as good as I’ve ever seen to be honest.’

Kane has 32 goals and 16 assists for Tottenham this season but Spurs go into the final day of the season in seventh place, with an outside chance of even making the Europa League spots next term. 

De Bruyne, on the other hand, is two behind Kane in the Premier League assists charts for the current season, having already won the Premier League and Carabao Cup trophies – with the Champions League final against Chelsea to come on May 29.

Kane (left) told Gary Neville (right) that De Bruyne would help him score more goals per season

De Bruyne has won the Premier League and the Carabao Cup this season with City already

Overall, Kane has netted 165 goals in 241 Premier League games for Spurs, which is seventh on the all-time top-flight goals chart – 95 goals behind Alan Shearer’s record of 260. 

Kane admits the all-time Premier League goal record, alongside Wayne Rooney’s England tally of 53 international goals, is in his sights in his career – and only injuries or moving abroad can stop him achieving that.

The 27-year-old, however, claimed playing his club football in another country is not something that interests him at the moment.  

Kane added: ‘I guess for me I think injuries would be, be the biggest thing (to stop him getting the Premier League record). Of course there’s always the option of maybe moving abroad one day but I don’t think that really interests me in the near future.

Kane has 31 goals for Tottenham this season but Spurs are in seventh place in the league

‘I feel like I’ve got a good seven or eight years at the top. When you look kind of the (Lionel) Messis, your (Cristiano) Ronaldos, your (Zlatan) Ibrahimovićs – they all kind of getting better as they reach their early 30s. I’m still 27 so I’ve still got hopefully a long way to go so I mean yeah it’s definitely there. ‘

‘I’m still way off but you know I like to think consistently I’ve scored 20+ goals in my injury-free seasons in the Premier League. So if I can do that for the next four or five years then I’ll be there.’

Despite Kane’s goalscoring prowess, which has led him to becoming Spurs’ second-highest goalscorer of all-time, the 27-year-old has yet to lift a major trophy in his club career.

The England striker was involved in the Premier League title race with Tottenham in 2016 and 2017 but Spurs finished in third and second place respectively in those two campaigns.

Kane has yet to win a major trophy despite coming close at the 2019 Champions League final

Another big chance to win a trophy was when Spurs reached the Champions League final in 2019, but Mauricio Pochettino’s side lost 2-0 to Liverpool. Kane has also been involved in two League Cup final defeats with the north Londoners.

Kane admits that period between 2016 and 2019 was an important time for the club and admitted it was a shame that Spurs could not claim any trophy under Pochettino. 

‘I feel that was a big opportunity for us. We had a title race with Leicester obviously, we didn’t quite get there the season after with the title race with Chelsea. The season after that we get to that Champions League final so we were in a real good place. Of course we didn’t win anything and we couldn’t quite get over the line but I feel like we was in a real good place with the team.

‘For one reason or another we didn’t quite do what we needed to do and, where we’re at now, I feel like we’re kind of at a rebuild stage again if I’m honest. It’s disappointing, I feel like the opportunity was definitely there. 

Kane admits Mauricio Pochettino’s (right) era of 2016 and 2019 was an opportunity missed

‘I’m not going to say it’s not there anymore of course, in football one or two good players can take the team over the line with Liverpool and City and teams like that. But for sure I feel like it was an opportunity missed for the club to do something special.’ 

Pochettino was replaced just after the Champions League final by Jose Mourinho, who lasted just 17 months in charge before his sacking in April of this year.

Kane admits training was very different under the iconic Portuguese coach, who preferred an emphasis on tactical training rather than sports science work.

Speaking about Mourinho’s non-sports science approach, Kane said: ‘I mean, it’s not like he was against it (the science work). It’s not like he says, “I don’t want you to it” but it wasn’t what he thought of doing first and foremost. 

The England star claimed Pochettino’s successor Jose Mourinho (left) was more a tactics boss

‘It was more on the pitch, this is what we need to do, this is how we need to set up. Training on the pitch then he almost left you to be professional outside of it, he didn’t kind of look after it and babysit it. 

‘We still had gym sessions that sports science guys would put stuff on (for us) but he wouldn’t, he kind of expected that almost. You know, we’re professional footballers, he shouldn’t have to tell us to do gym it should be a given.’

Kane looked emotional after Tottenham’s final home game of the season earlier this week – a 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa – with many believing this was a final goodbye to the Spurs supporters.

The 27-year-old admits he is set to have a conversation with club chairman Daniel Levy about his options going forward amid interest from City, Manchester United and Chelsea.  

Chelsea and Manchester United are also interested in signing the England skipper this summer

Kane will sit down with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to discuss a potential Tottenham exit

‘For sure, it’s a moment in my career where I have to kind of reflect and see where I’m at and have a good, honest conversation with the chairman,’ explained Kane.

‘I hope that we can have that conversation. I’m sure that he’ll want to set out the plan of where he sees it, but ultimately it’s going to be down to me and how I feel and what’s going to be the best for me and my career at this moment in time.

‘I’m not sure how that conversation will go if I’m honest. I mean he might want to sell me. He (Levy) might be thinking, “If I could get £100million for you, then why not?”

‘I’m not going to be worth that for the next two or three years. I think a crossroads is coming in my career. I think it’s definitely a conversation to be had with the club. I’ve said before, I’d never say that I’d stay at Spurs for the rest of my career. I’d never say that I would leave Spurs.’

The Overlap is a new YouTube channel from Gary Neville in partnership with Sky Bet. 

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