Nuno delighted Harry Kane staying at Tottenham
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Harry Kane looks set to stay at Tottenham this summer after months of speculation about his future. The striker took to social media on Wednesday to affirm his stance amid relentless interest from Manchester City.
“It was incredible to see the reception from the Spurs fans on Sunday and to read some of the messages of support I’ve had in the last few weeks,” Kane wrote on Twitter.
“I will be staying at Tottenham this summer and will be 100 per cent focused on helping the team achieve success. #COYS.”
The statement will come as a major blow to Man City boss Pep Guardiola, who has been desperate to land the striker all summer.
But there could be a twist in the tail further down the line.
A string of players in the past have committed their futures to their club, only to eventually depart when the opportunity next arose.
And Express Sports looks at five players who went back on their word.
Following an incredible two seasons at Liverpool, Luis Suarez reportedly told a Uruguayan newspaper in 2013 that he was staying at Anfield.
The controversial forward was coming off the back of a stellar season, where he had racked up 23 Premier League goals. But Liverpool finished a lowly seventh.
The following season, Suarez almost single-handedly led Liverpool to the title.
The striker racked up 31 goals as Liverpool topped the table for the majority of the season – but they were pipped at the post by Man City following Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip against Chelsea.
Later that summer, Suarez was on his way to Barcelona. He went on to score 195 goals in 283 games for the Catalan giants.
It was Super Cup night in Monte Carlo in August 2000, so the story goes, and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez passed a napkin to midfield genius Zinedine Zidane.
Zidane was playing for Juventus at the time and Perez had written in French on the napkin, asking the World Cup winner if he wanted to move to Madrid.
Zidane said yes but, within weeks, had signed a new contract at Juve to extend his stay until 2005.
Juventus suffered a poor 2000/01 season but, even then, Zidane still reaffirmed his intentions to stay at the club when interviewed at the end of the season.
But stay he did not. Zidane went back on his word weeks later as Perez and Madrid shelled out a world record fee to land their man.
Jack Grealish was the star of the show as Aston Villa returned to the Premier League in the 2019/20 campaign.
The midfielder racked up eight goals and six assists as Villa escaped relegation on the final day of the season.
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The Birmingham-born midfielder had been linked with a move to Manchester United but blew those rumours out the window by signing a new five-year contract in the summer of 2020.
Grealish stepped his game up another notch last term and was sensational as Villa enjoyed a fine campaign.
He was the talk of the town at Euro 2020 and there was no way Villa could prevent the big clubs circling again as Man City broke the British transfer record to take him to the Etihad Stadium earlier this month.
In 2008, Kaka was starring for AC Milan and being courted by Europe’s top clubs.
Chelsea wanted to take the playmaker to Stamford Bridge but he publicly declared he would not be leaving Serie A to link up with his former Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari.
Milan had missed out on Champions League qualification but Kaka did stay in Italy that summer and notched 16 goals the following season to help Milan finish third.
But that wasn’t enough to keep Kaka around for another summer and he promptly decided to depart for Real Madrid in 2009.
After six remarkable seasons with Chelsea, Eden Hazard had already cemented himself in club folklore by the time Real Madrid wanted to sign him for mega-money in 2018.
The Belgian had just returned from the World Cup and confirmed he would remain at the west London club.
But he wouldn’t sign a new contract and eventually signed for Real a year later for an initial £89m.
Hazard has struggled in Spain, however, and there are rumours he could be on his way back to the Premier League.
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