In Summary
  • Tottenham have shown a willingness to sell star players in recent years.
  • Anderton also said he is backing Kane to be made permanent England skipper.

LONDON

Harry Kane will only stay at Tottenham Hotspur if the club are ready to match his ambitions and brave enough to reject wealthy suitors, according to former Spurs and England midfielder Darren Anderton.

Tottenham have shown a willingness to sell star players in recent years, with Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick all departing for just over £150 million (Sh20 billion, $198 million, 167 million euros) combined.

Kane alone would likely top that in today's inflated transfer market but the north London club are adamant their prized asset, reared through their academy, is not for sale.

The 24-year-old was the only Englishman named on a 30-man shortlist to win the Ballon d'Or this week, having scored 43 goals in 37 matches this year.

European champions Real Madrid signed Modric and Bale in 2012 and 2013 and will get a closer look at Kane when Spurs head to the Santiago Bernabeu next week for the first of two Champions League group-stage ties.

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