Harry Kane is “at a crossroads” in his Tottenham career and it is not cut and dried he will sign the blockbuster contract reportedly being offered.
That is the view of former Spurs and Scotland defender Alan Hutton who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested footballing matters, rather than finances, would determine whether the 27-year-old puts pen to paper in north London.
The Independent report that Spurs have opened informal discussions over a new deal despite the England international having three-and-a-half years left on his current terms penned back in 2018.
It is said Kane is receptive to talks and that he would be happy to stay so long as the club remain competitive in the Premier League and cup competitions.
Tottenham have not won a major trophy since the League Cup back in 2008, although they have reached the final of the same competition this season.
With a potential contract offer on the cards, Hutton believes Tottenham will need to convince Kane of their progress towards silverware if he is to commit to new terms.
Asked if contract negotiations would centre on more than money for Kane, Hutton told Football Insider: “I think so, I think Kane’s probably at a crossroads at the moment where it’s: ‘Do you want to stay at your boyhood club for your whole career, or is there a better chance of winning things elsewhere?’
“I think now that he’s been in the league a long time, he’s probably made a lot of money and well deserved, but it’s more than that now – it’s about trophies, it’s about winning things.
“I think if he can see in Mourinho, what he’s trying to do, what he’s trying to build as a competitive team, then he’ll want to stay.
“As long as they are going to be up there and amongst it all, I don’t see why he would want to leave.
“I think that’s what Mourinho is doing at the moment, I think they’ve got a good chance in the competitions that they’re in this year so I don’t see why he’d want to rush away when they’re being competitive.”