Five words Kane said to AVB that confused Tottenham manager but transformed his career
Harry Kane told André Villas-Boas “I don’t want to go” when the former Tottenham manager was preparing to send him out on loan again.
In a major interview in The Players’ Tribune, Kane talked about how he transformed his career at Spurs after a series of loan moves left him fearing for his future.
Kane said that his lowest point was when he was on loan for Leicester, then in the Championship.
“I just remember sitting in my flat and having this terrible realisation of, like, ‘If I can’t play for Leicester in the Championship … how am I supposed to play for Spurs in the Premier League?’
“That was the first time in my career, I’d say, that the doubt crept in.”
It was his fourth loan move and he only scored two goals for Leicester in 15 appearances before returning to Tottenham in the summer of 2013.
He says that manager Villas-Boas wanted to loan him out again but Kane decided to take a stand.
“The following season, I came back to Tottenham and met with the manager, André Villas-Boas. He wanted to send me out on loan again.
“There were a few good clubs interested in me that would’ve been OK, but that wasn’t my dream. My dream wasn’t to play in the Premier League. My dream was to play in the Premier League for Spurs.
“So I told him, quite honestly, ‘I don’t want to go.’
“As the words were coming out of my mouth, I thought, Oh, wow — maybe that wasn’t.…
“He just kind of looked at me, a bit confused. And then I just came straight out with it. I said, ‘I’m gonna prove to you that I should be starting on this team. And you can tell me every Friday before the game that I don’t deserve that, and that I’m not going to play. And that’s fine. But I don’t want to go.’ And that was that.”
Since then Kane has gone on to prove himself as one of the elite strikers in the world.
He’s scored an incredible 130 goals in 197 appearances for Spurs and won the Golden Boot for the past two seasons.
He’s currently leading the race again this season, with 22 goals, one ahead of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
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