• September 17, 2021

Exclusive: Harry Kane transfer saga compared to when Dimitar Berbatov forced Tottenham exit to Manchester United, as Tom Huddlestone claims Man City move is ‘inevitable’

 Exclusive: Harry Kane transfer saga compared to when Dimitar Berbatov forced Tottenham exit to Manchester United, as Tom Huddlestone claims Man City move is ‘inevitable’


Harry Kane’s transfer saga sees history repeating itself at Tottenham, according to one of the striker’s former teammates.

The England captain is not the first to try his hand in forcing a move away from the club, says Tom Huddlestone, who has told talkSPORT the recent scenes remind him of Dimitar Berbatov’s sour exit from White Hart Lane.

Kane is now expected back at Tottenham training later this week, after not turning up as expect on Monday or Tuesday

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Kane is now expected back at Tottenham training later this week, after not turning up as expect on Monday or Tuesday

Huddlestone joined Tuesday’s Breakfast show to react to the news of Kane’s no-show from Spurs training, amid links with a record-breaking transfer to Manchester City.

The midfielder was at Tottenham when Berbatov forced through a move to Manchester United in 2008.

Like Kane, the Bulgarian striker refused to train with Spurs before a deal with the Red Devils was agreed.

Berbatov eventually got his move, signing for Sir Alex Ferguson’s United on the final day of the transfer window.

The frontman, part of the Spurs side that last lifted a trophy in the 2008, went on to enjoy a glittering four-season spell at Old Trafford, winning two Premier League titles – Kane now wants to follow in his footsteps in leaving Spurs for major silverware.

Berbatov took his career to the next level at Manchester United, where he scored 57 goals in four seasons

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Berbatov took his career to the next level at Manchester United, where he scored 57 goals in four seasons

Berbatov got his wish as he left Tottenham to join Man United and won two Premier League titles – will Kane get his wish?

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Berbatov got his wish as he left Tottenham to join Man United and won two Premier League titles – will Kane get his wish?

Huddlestone can see similarities between the two situations, having experienced the tension behind the scenes during Berbatov’s rebellion.

And he believes, like the Bulgarian’s move to Manchester, Kane’s move to the Etihad Stadium will happen and could be completed right at the end of the window. 

“I think it’ll be like a [Dimitar] Berbatov situation,” said the 34-year-old, who made over 200 appearances in a Tottenham shirt.

“I reckon it’ll go down to the last day or two and then no doubt they’ll come to a compromise and meet in the middle.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy doesn’t want to sell Kane

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Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy doesn’t want to sell Kane

“I think the way Harry is as a lad and as a player if he’s at Tottenham for the next season or until January at least, he will give it his all. 

“I don’t think Tottenham are at the level that they’re at these days and so, with Manchester United coming in for [Berbatov], it was inevitable he was going to move.  

“It was just getting the right price with Daniel, which is always a sticking point in a lot of transfers.” 

Huddlestone briefly played with Kane when he was at Spurs in 2011 and admits that he didn’t expect the England captain to go on strike, with reports claiming his delay in reporting back for pre-season was his decision, not the club’s.

“It was a bit of a surprise,” he added.

“Obviously, knowing Harry briefly, and the way he’s been in the press over the past five or six years, he’s probably one of the players that you’d least expect it from.

“It doesn’t seem in his nature or his character and, knowing that his brother’s his agent, I don’t think it’s one of them where your agent would be forcing you into doing something that you didn’t feel comfortable with.  

“So, it is a bit of a surprise.” 

Harry Redknapp managed Kane at the start of his career

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Harry Redknapp managed Kane at the start of his career

Kane’s former manager Harry Redknapp also said he was surprised by the striker’s actions, but does not believe that it should spoil everything that he has done for the club. 

When asked by Darren Bent if it shocked Redknapp, he told talkSPORT: “Yeah it did, I must be honest.  You know Harry as well as I do, you wouldn’t have expected that from him.  

“I thought he would have just turned up and had a meeting with Daniel again. I’m sure his advisors are meeting with Daniel anyway and got it sorted out.  

“It’s not the best way to go about it really. He’s so loved at Tottenham; it’d be a shame if that got spoiled.  

“It shouldn’t do, because for what he’s done and how much he’s been, how much he loves the fact he loves the club. But he just feels, I think now it’s time to move.” 

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