Tottenham CAN'T let Harry Kane leave this summer despite his contract expiring next year, claims Gary Neville... as he insists the club must build around him and 'swallow the fact' the striker could leave for FREE
- Harry Kane is yet to sign a new deal despite his contract expiring next year
- The Tottenham striker has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United
- However, Gary Neville claimed the club cannot allow him to depart this summer
Gary Neville has insisted Tottenham cannot sell Harry Kane this summer despite the fact they could lose him on a free transfer next year.
Kane continues to be a talisman for the club and helped to inspire a stunning comeback from 3-0 down against Liverpool on Sunday, before Ryan Mason's side eventually succumbed to Diogo Jota's last-gasp winner.
Since coming through their youth ranks, Kane has netted 275 times in 431 games for Spurs, including 208 goals in the Premier League - putting him joint second in the top flight's all-time goalscoring records.
However, he is yet to sign a new deal at the club with his current contract expiring next year amid significant speculation over his future. He has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United this summer, while there has also been rumoured interest from Bayern Munich.
But Neville insisted the club and chairman Daniel Levy cannot afford to let Kane leave and must get their head around the fact they might not be able to extract a fee for him.
Gary Neville has claimed Tottenham cannot allow Harry Kane to leave the club this summer
Neville insisted any potential new Spurs manager will be put off if they have to do without Kane
'When you think about this season for Spurs, and how it's going to end, I don't think Tottenham can let Harry Kane go in the summer,' he told Sky Sports on commentary when Liverpool were 3-0 up inside 15 minutes on Sunday.
'They are going to have to let him wind down his contract. They will need to build around him next season with a new manager.
'If he leaves in the summer, and a new manager comes in, will he really want to take the job if he's a big name without Kane there?
'They may just have to swallow the fact that they're not going to get a fee for him or try to encourage him to stay during that season.
'The new manager that comes in is going to want to keep the pair of Kane and Son Heung-min together.'
After enduring meek exits from the Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup this season, the club's trophy drought has been extended to 15 years since they won the League Cup.
More widely, it has been a chaotic second half of the season for Spurs, with Antonio Conte sacked as boss after torching his relationship with his players, before his replacement and former assistant Cristian Stellini was dismissed after just four games,
Elsewhere, managing director of football Fabio Paratici was banned from football for alleged financial irregularities during his time at Juventus.
Kane now has 208 Premier League goals for the club - the second most in the league's history
Chairman Daniel Levy is desperate to keep him, but Kane could be sold so the club gets a fee
There has also been widespread discontent from supporters about their performances this season, along with fans favourite Mauricio Pochettino imminently heading to rivals Chelsea.
But Neville insisted that despite the negativity surrounding the club, Spurs have actually enjoyed a decent period in their history over recent years which has seen them play in the Champions League in five of the past seven seasons.
He added: 'Tottenham are the fifth or sixth team in the country when you think in relation to where they should finish compared to the financial might of Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.
'Given the new stadium investment, their world-class training ground compared to rivals, they've managed until now to stay in the top four - so it hadn't been a bad period for the club - but the last few months have been shocking.'
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