Harry Kane has been labelled an ‘arrogant amateur’ for the way in which he has conducted himself amid ongoing transfer interest from Manchester City.
Either side of his Euro 2020 exploits, the England captain has been strongly linked with a big-money switch to the Etihad Stadium – although that has yet to materialise.
City have already splashed out £100million on Jack Grealish this window and a follow up move for the Tottenham striker remains on the cards, subject to financial viability.
However, the player in question has been slammed by talkSPORT host and former Crystal Palace chairman, Simon Jordan, for his part in the high-profile saga.
During his scathing on-air attack, Jordan said: “In this whole debacle, including this statement, smacks of stupidity, immaturity, ignorance and arrogance – by Harry Kane and his representation.
“The stupidity is, if you sign a contract which gives somebody control of your destiny for six years – and don’t put a release clause in there, for a certain amount of money – then you’re not fit for purpose in the first place.
“If you get a gentleman’s agreement that is not documented and is based upon the fact ‘I’m prepared to sell you’…we are operating in the margins here. Look at the various points that are being made in defence of his position.
“If you want a transfer to happen, why are you on holiday? Get your backside back to where the business is and make sure that you and your representation are over it, under it and across it to make sure that it happens. Make sure that your messaging is central.”
Jordan added: “People don’t work for you, Harry. You work for them. I would guarantee here that, in between the lines, there is substance.
“Yes, there is an in-principle agreement between Daniel Levy and Harry Kane that ‘we are prepared to sell you if certain things manifest’. I will bet my bottom dollar that there wasn’t a figure put on it. I will bet my bottom dollar that Daniel Levy didn’t say to Harry Kane; ‘If we get £125million, you can go’.
“I would guarantee you that Daniel Levy said they want to extract maximum value, we want to get the best deal we can for Tottenham. If that comes to pass, then we will sell you.
“What that then translates into is the stupidity and the immaturity of the representation saying; ‘Okay, that will do for us then, off we go’.”
Speculation over Kane started to intensity during the run-up to Euro 2020 – when he spoke to former Manchester United captain Gary Neville during a wide-ranging interview for Sky Sports.
It was initially thought that he was a priority target for Pep Guardiola and key figures responsible for transfer deals at the Etihad Stadium.
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However, a move for Grealish subsequently came first and Kane has now been made wait by Tottenham amid his initial no-show for pre-season training.
Jordan continued: “Listen to the arrogance… I like Harry Kane, both as a footballer and as an individual as England captain. You felt emboldened enough to go and do a press conference, to have an interview or do Sky about how you want… Sorry, why did you feel emboldened enough?
“Did you phone up Daniel Levy and say; ‘By the way, as your employee under contract, I’m going to do the press bit where I’m going to tell them what I think’.
“No, you thought that’s what you could do. Now you are getting a lesson in reality. You’re a player that’s contracted to Tottenham and you will be sold by Tottenham for the price that Tottenham want.
“This is unprofessionalism, unrealism and a lack of understanding of the obligations that you have upon you in order to get a deal done. It’s amateur hour and you can’t get big deals done with amateurs’.”
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