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News24.com | Levy warns wantaway Kane, he will do what is right for Tottenham

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has warned
striker Harry Kane that he will protect the club’s interests in the transfer
market this summer.

Kane is understood to have told Spurs he
wants to leave after becoming frustrated at the club’s lack of progress in
recent years, and Manchester City is reportedly keen on buying him.

But Spurs are intent on keeping their star
man, who has three years left on his contract, and it would take a fee north of
£150 million for the club to even consider changing their stance.

Levy, who on Saturday appointed Fabio
Paratici as the club’s new managing director of football, sympathises with Kane’s
frustrations but hinted a deal could be challenging to do.

“I am never going to talk about any
specific player in public,” Levy said on the club’s official website.

“All I will say is his frustrations in
not winning are shared by me and all the fans and players. We all want to win.

“One of the items that Fabio will have
to deal with when he comes in is which players are going to be retained, which
will be asked to look for other clubs.

“There is a market out there. What we
want and what other clubs want is not always possible to achieve. We will do
whatever is right for the club.”

Paratici recently left Juventus after a
trophy-laden 11 years where he helped turn the Turin club into the dominant
force of Italian football and challenged Europe’s top clubs.

He does not officially start with Spurs
until July 1 but is already involved in the club’s managerial search and has
identified former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca as his first choice.

The north London club has been without a
manager since Jose Mourinho’s sacking on April 19, but Fonseca’s appointment
should follow Paratici’s shortly unless there are any late hitches.

Paratici has been brought to Spurs to
“develop the club’s sporting operations, facilities and footballing
infrastructure”.

Levy confirmed Spurs will be active in the
transfer market this summer but was keen to restrict expectations about how
much money they could spend.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit the club
hard as they are loaded with long-term debts to pay off their £1billion new
stadium, which has been unable to recoup the revenue they were expecting.

“We have to be realistic where we
are,” Levy added. “We are still in a pandemic; the consequences for
this club have been more severe than any other club in the Premier League over
£200m of lost revenue. Revenue we cannot recover.

“The timing of our new stadium could
not have been worse. We have the most expensive stadium in Europe, the highest
level of debt of any club in Europe.

“Fortunately for us, it is long-term,
and we are in a good financial position in that sense. We have not been getting
the revenues we had hoped for from our stadium, and as a consequence, we have
to be careful over the coming years and be prudent.

“Our duty is to protect the club even
though we want to win. We will spend, but we are a self-sustaining club; we
have to be sensible.

“Sometimes the fans think we should be
spending, but there have been circumstances when the coach hasn’t wanted to
spend on a player. We will make investments in the squad.”

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