Harry Kane describes Kevin De Bruyne as ‘a striker’s dream’ amid Man City interest in Tottenham star

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Harry Kane has said he wants to stay in the Premier League and has encouraged interest from Manchester City by naming “striker’s dream” Kevin De Bruyne as the player he would most like to play in front of.

City are thought to be at the front of the queue if Kane leaves Tottenham this summer, with the England captain having said he wants to have “a conversation” with the club about his future and insisted he will decide his fate, not Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.

Kane, who is 28 in July, has three years remaining on his Spurs contract but has formally asked to leave his boyhood club, and believes he has a gentleman’s agreement with Levy to allow him to go for the right offer in the off-season.

City are among the few clubs with the resources to test Spurs' resolve not to sell and can offer Kane a shot at the team trophies he craves.

Asked by Gary Neville on The Overlap YouTube channel, the full episode of which was released today, which player in the world would help him to score more goals, Kane said: “Oh, Kevin De Bruyne for sure.

“When I watch De Bruyne play, he’s a special, special player and some of the balls I see him put in for City are just a striker’s dream if I’m honest. He’s outstanding, an outstanding player with the ball, off the ball, pressing. But his delivery is as good as I’ve ever seen.”

Levy would prefer to sanction a transfer overseas rather than strengthen a Premier League rival but Kane also said he is not interested in moving abroad “in the near future”.

If Levy refuses to allow Kane to join another English club, the forward's desire to overhaul Alan Shearer as the Premier League’s all-time top scorer is one reason he could be persuaded to stay at Spurs.

Kane is within 100 goals of Shearer’s record and needs 20 more to overhaul Wayne Rooney as England’s top-scorer.

Asked by Neville what could stop him from achieving both feats, Kane said: “I guess injuries would be the biggest thing, obviously.

“I’ve had injuries — ankle injuries — and I haven’t had anything that’s kept me out for months and months, touch wood.

“Injuries would be the biggest thing. Of course there’s always the option of maybe moving abroad one day but I don’t think that really interests me in the near future. I feel I’ve got seven or eight years at the top. When you look at [Lionel] Messi, [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, [they] all get better as they reach their early 30s.”

The Overlap Podcast
The Overlap Podcast

Despite his desire to leave Spurs, Kane reiterated his love for the club during the recording on May 11.

“I’ve been at Tottenham since I was 11, over half of my life, [with] lots of ups and downs along the way,” he said.

“I had to work extremely hard to get to where I am but I just love the club, love the fans. [It has been] a huge part of my life. This season has been a little disappointing from my club’s point of view, but we’ve had some good years over the last five or six years now, I guess we’ve just got to see where that goes.”

Kane also admitted he was surprised by the timing of Jose Mourinho’s sacking by Spurs last month, with the manager dismissed five days before the EFL Cup Final against Man City.

Spurs went on to lose 1-0 under interim head coach Ryan Mason and Kane pointed to Mourinho’s impressive record in major finals — 12 wins from 15.

“I was surprised at the timing of it,” he said. “It was the decision of the club, Daniel would’ve had his reasons for doing it but I was surprised, obviously.

“Jose’s a winner, we know Jose’s record in finals and things like that. We found out maybe five minutes before everyone else did. Whether it was something they thought about for a while or it was just an in-the-moment decision, I’m not too sure.

“Look, I understand chairmen have to make tough decisions in tough times, so I’ll never knock someone for doing anything because I’m not in their positions and I don’t know all the ins and outs. But yeah, sure, I was surprised.”

Kane also called for adjustments to VAR going forward, saying the technology made it hard to celebrate goals.

“I don’t think scrap it, I think there definitely needs to be adjustments to it,” he said.

“There’s been many a goal where the margin for error is so small and that are offside. It takes away that instant moment of scoring a goal that’s one of the best feelings you’ll ever feel in football.

“When VAR was coming in, I guess everyone, the fans especially, thought, ‘Okay, we’re gonna get a definitive answer, it’s a red card or it’s not a red card’.

“But it’s still a matter of opinion, it’s still been many decisions where you know, it’s a 50:50 we’re not quite sure. There’s still been talk after but people expect it to be right because VAR is there, so I think there just needs to be adjustments.”

The Overlap is a new YouTube channel from Gary Neville in partnership with Sky Bet.

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