Harry Kane is “among the top three in the world” and Tottenham have made it their goal to keep him, according to the club’s new director of football Fabio Paratici.
The England captain, who has scored three goals in his last two Euro 2020 appearances, has been heavily linked with a move away from Spurs this summer, with Manchester City chief among those interested in signing him (via the Guardian).
However, Kane has three years remaining on his Tottenham contract and Daniel Levy is said to be strongly opposed to letting him go before the start of next season – and it sounds like Levy’s latest hire, Paratici, is on the same page as the chairman.
Speaking to Sky in Italy, Paratici waxed lyrical about Kane’s ability while making it clear that Spurs will do everything to keep the 27-year-old in north London.
“Keeping him is not just my goal, it’s our goal as a club,” Paratici said.
“I can’t wait to watch him play live, I’ve been really lucky in the past years because I’ve watched a lot of top players and strikers, like Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez, Alvaro Morata, Gonzalo Higuain, and many more which now I forgot about.
“Right now, he’s one of the best strikers in the world. He’s a complete player, really special. His physique is that of a real number nine, a true poacher, but he also has an incredibly refined technique.
“He is able to shoot with both feet and also provides many assists – very few people notice this, because he scores so many goals.
“He’s a team player, but he’s a finisher at the same time, so really I believe he is among the top three in the world.
“I haven’t heard from him yet because I don’t want to bother the players who are busy at the Euros, it doesn’t seem fair to me. They’re focused on their own goals with their national teams.”
It’s hard to believe Tottenham would suddenly change their mind and accept an offer for Kane this summer after Paratici’s latest comments, but obviously money talks.
That said, it sounds like there is a very good chance Kane will be staying put for one more season – things could get tense next summer, though.