Tottenham: Lengthy contract could cause Kane issues
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Harry Kane could snub Manchester City just like Virgil van Dijk did, according to former Tottenham midfielder Danny Murphy. Kane is linked with a summer move to City after telling Tottenham he wants to leave the club. However, Murphy reckons the England captain could follow suit of Dutch star Van Dijk.
Van Dijk joined Liverpool for £75million in January 2018.
The centre-back was heavily linked with a move to City in the previous transfer window.
However, Murphy thinks Van Dijk chose to sign for Liverpool instead because he wanted to be the difference-maker in bringing trophies back to Anfield.
Liverpool have since won their sixth Champions League, as well as their first top-flight title in 30 years.
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Manchester United are on a barren run of their own, having not won the Premier League since 2013 and not been in a Champions League final since 2011.
Murphy reckons Kane joining United over City would have similarities to Van Dijk choosing Liverpool.
“Different players have different mentalities,” Murphy told Stadium Astro.
“Virgil van Dijk, I know that when he went to Liverpool, rather than City or Chelsea, it was because he wanted to be part of something that was moving forward and be instrumental in that.
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“Van Dijk now will be remembered at Liverpool forever. If he’d have gone to City it was just City winning another title with Van Dijk, instead of Van Dijk winning the title for Liverpool.
“So Kane going to City, they can win the league with or without him.
“Whereas if he goes to United and he makes the difference, which he might believe he can and be the one that actually turns United from a nearly to a winning team, maybe he fancies that challenge.”
However, Murphy admits if Kane’s next club decision is purely down to winning the most silverware, then City is the right place for him.
City won their fifth Premier League title in 10 seasons this term, as well as a fourth-successive Carabao Cup triumph.
Pep Guardiola’s side are also in the Champions League final, where they are favourites to beat Chelsea in Porto on Saturday.
Murphy added: “But if we’re talking ultimately about trophies and not money, trophies, where are you going to get the best option and how quickly? He’s 27, nearly 28.
“If you go to City the chances are you’ll win more trophies than you would anywhere else.”
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