Kane’s lap of honor was not a farewell to Tottenham, insists Mason

The 27-year-old appeared to grow emotional as he applauded Spurs fans, who were present for the first time all season

Tottenham interim manager Ryan Mason denied that Harry Kane’s lap of honour after Wednesday night’s loss to Aston Villa was a farewell to the club’s fans. 

Earlier this week, Kane told Spurs that he wished to leave the club due to their inability to consistently compete at the highest level.

Following Wednesday’s game – the first this season with fans and also the final home match of the campaign – Kane took a lap around the pitch, appearing to grow emotional as he applauded the fans who remained.

What was said?

Mason insisted Kane was not saying goodbye to the fans, saying in his post-game press conference: “It’s normal. If anyone has been at the last home game of the season while Harry Kane has played for this football club, he has been pretty consistent in going around the pitch, clapping the fans and getting a good reception.

“Nothing has changed from the last home game this season to home games in previous seasons, so it’s normal.”

Will Kane leave Spurs?

Though the England captain has requested a move away, there are still plenty of doubts as to whether he can actually secure a transfer this summer.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will undoubtedly demand a huge fee for Kane, whose contract in north London runs through to 2024.

Kane’s prolific goalscoring record makes him one of the most valuable strikers in world football, but it is still unclear how much a team would be willing to pay for a player with a history of recent injuries who turns 28 this summer.

The striker is also understood to prefer to stay in England, further narrowing the list of clubs he could theoretically join. 

Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are potentially viable destinations, but whether any of those clubs will make any bid, let alone one Levy finds acceptable, is an open question.

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