Paul Robinson believes Harry Kane will stay at Tottenham Hotspur but says the club need to tie him down to a new contract otherwise they risk losing him for free in summer 2024.
Kane made history on Monday evening as he equalled the late Jimmy Greaves as Spurs’ all-time leading goalscorer as he recorded his 266th goal for the club in their 1-0 victory at Fulham in the Premier League.
David Ornstein of The Athletic reported earlier in the week that the striker was keen to stay with Spurs and that fresh contract talks were underway, but some feel that Kane would be best moving on from north London if he wants to finish career having won some silverware.
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Former Spurs goalkeeper Robinson feels that Spurs could end their 15-year wait for a trophy by winning the FA Cup this season but that there are still too many problems at Spurs on and off the field.
Appearing on the Betfred Football Show, he said: “Is an FA Cup win enough to keep him there? It’s silverware, it’s progression, but I think there’s a lot of instability at Spurs. I think the way the manager talks after games, sometimes he’s very unpredictable, there’s no kind of stability.
“Spurs are not on an upward curve gradually. They’re very up and down. The manager [Antonio Conte] says he needs time and wants time, and says he wants money. I don’t think he’s been given as much money as he’s probably been promised.
Kane has been linked with a move to Manchester United and Bayern Munich in recent months and Robinson states that Spurs must do everything in their power to keep hold of their star man.
“We know that contract talks are underway with Tottenham. Tottenham will feel that they will have to do everything that they can [to keep him].
“He should be up there with the likes of [Mohamed] Salah as one of the Premier League’s highest paid players because he’s done what he’s done in a hugely underachieving team. He’s dragged that team single-handedly to where they are with his amount of goals, the way that he plays, his reliability.
“You put him in a Manchester City or Liverpool team five years ago, these records he’s breaking, he’d have flown through them and won a load of trophies.
“He’s got every right to go to Daniel Levy and say ‘if I’m staying, you pay me top whack’.”
When asked if he could see Kane leaving Spurs, Robinson said he thinks the England captain will stay but the club need to make sure they get him to sign a new deal.
“I don’t think his [Kane’s] options going elsewhere are that attractive unless United really make a good push this year.
“If he doesn’t sign a new contract Spurs are backed into a corner. He’s got 18 months left on his contract and he’s going to have 12 months [in the summer]. You’ll still get £60-80 million for him with 12 months left on his contract, anything less than that… They can’t risk letting him go for free.”
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