Harry Kane insists reputation not damaged after failed Tottenham exit

Harry Kane insists reputation not damaged after failed Tottenham exit
The England captain has committed to staying with Spurs for the time being, following a failed move to Manchester City this summer

Tottenham striker Harry Kane has said his conscience is “clear” following his failed transfer to Manchester City this summer.

The England captain made clear his desire to leave Spurs at the end of last season – another campaign without a trophy – and was late to arrive for pre-season training with his club this month after the Three Lions’ run to the Euro 2020 final.

Man City looked to be the likeliest destination for Kane, though the Premier League champions’ coach Pep Guardiola said last week that negotiations barely got off the ground. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy’s determination to keep his star player, as well as City’s reluctance to pay £150million, were the key reasons.

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Kane signed a six-year contract extension with Spurs in 2018, and in a statement last week he committed to staying for the time being by saying he would not leave “this summer”. That message followed his first start of the season – in a 1-0 top-flight win against Wolves – and preceded his first goals of the season; the striker netted a brace against Portuguese side Pacos de Ferreira in a successful Europa Conference League qualifying tie.

Kane has now told talkSPORT: “After the Euro 2020 final, I was in England for a few days, I went on holiday for a few weeks.

“When I’m away, I’m rarely on my phone. I knew there was a lot of noise about me, but I knew the situation.

“Everybody has their opinions on it, but that’s part of the profession we’re in.

When asked if the transfer saga has damaged his reputation, the 28-year-old said: “No, I don’t think so.

“I was calm with the situation, but when you’re in it and you know the truth, your conscience is clear.

“A lot of people know me as professional athlete who has dedicated his life to the game, and that’s what I’ll continue to do.”

On transfer deadline day on Tuesday, Tottenham confirmed the signing of right-back Emerson Royal from Barcelona.

The 22-year-old arrives in north London in a transfer worth around £25million.

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