Kane to Madrid unlikely, but he’s smart not to rule it out

Widespread panic amongst Spurs fans as Harry Kane refuses to give a definitive answer on a potential big money move to Real Madrid…sometime in the future.

You never rule anything out,’ said the glassy-eyed goal robot, in front of the media pit before England’s crucial World Cup qualifier with Slovenia on Thursday.

So far, so reasonable. What else was expected of him? To say that Real Madrid were a tinpot club and he’d rather get cholera than sign for them? Of course not.


Kane might well have the noble intention of remaining at Spurs for the rest of his career, to have a bronze statue of himself cemented in the atrium of the new stadium, but who can guess how the course of history will unravel?

Tottenham could go the next three years without a trophy; it’s certainly within their wheelhouse. Then what good reason would a 27-year-old Kane have for staying? Free NFL tickets?

That’s not to say Harry will be off to Spain this summer or even in the next three years. But to think he’s going to be anything other than diplomatic, when talking about one of Europe’s super clubs, is absurd.

He’s one of our own, sadly, isn’t legally binding.

While the tabloids were stewing over those ambiguous remarks, Harry Kane was busy getting on with what Harry Kane does best. Slovenia were England’s opponents on Thursday night and the Spurs striker was the man to lead the team out.

There was a steely focus about the England number 9 during his procedural duties as captain, but one feels the mask could’ve slipped at any moment. Inside, he was giddy with pride and with a little less self-control, he would’ve been in the crowd looking for his parents. I did it, mum!

Another personal milestone in the unshakable dream that is Kane’s career so far.

The game itself was…an ordeal. 90 minutes of ponderous, cagey football under the Wembley arch from the team in white; which felt strangely familiar as a Tottenham fan.

Luckily and rather predictably, the evening was saved by Kane. Sliding in to meet Kyle Walker’s cross on 94 minutes to send England to Russia. Apropos to nothing in particular, Real Madrid have a habit of buying World Cup golden boot winners— Davor Šuker, Ronaldo and, most recently, James Rodríguez.

Did I ever mention my theory that Marcus Rashford should start every game up front for England alone?

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