Arsenal v Man City: Match in pictures
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Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney believes Harry Kane has a very tough decision to make in regard to his future at Tottenham Hotspur. The England captain wanted to depart the north Londoners in the summer transfer window, citing a desire to win trophies as the prime motivator.
Manchester City were extremely interested in signing the 28-year-old seeing two bids of £100m and £125m stubbornly rejected by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
After months of speculation which began just before the European Championships, Tottenham managed to retain their hitman.
However, the picture has somewhat changed since that tumultuous summer as Antonio Conte has drastically improved a previously mis-firing Spurs side since he replaced Nuno Espirito-Santo in the summer.
And Rooney believes Kane, who is only six goals away from surpassing Rooney and becoming the Three Lions’ all-time top goal-scorer, has a very difficult decision on his hands.
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“I spoke to Harry after the (Euro 2020) final against Italy,” Rooney said in an interview with Alan Shearer for the Athletic.
“I went back to the hotel and saw all the players. I sneaked in!
“Obviously I wouldn’t say what we talked about in private but for him, it’s a decision he needs to make in terms of whether he wants to leave and try to win trophies.”
Despite clarifying his desire to leave Tottenham before the Euros, Kane still managed to captain Gareth Southgate’s men to the Euro 2020 final.
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He scored four goals over the course of the tournament, including the vital rebound in the semi-finals against Denmark which sent England into their first major final since 1966.
Fast forward to the present day, and Kane appears to be flourishing under Conte’s guidance.
After initial teething problems with the former Chelsea and Inter Milan manager, Kane has scored three goals in his last four Premier League appearances.
Tottenham’s victory over Watford, saw them overtake Manchester United and move within two points of fourth placed Arsenal.
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But the north Londoners are in a very commanding position, as they hold two games in hand over fifth placed West Ham, and their arch rivals in the final Champions League spot.
And Rooney has encouraged the Spurs hitman to consider the prospect of staying at Spurs and building his own legacy at the club, in the same way Matt Le Tissier did at Southampton.
“You look at Man City as the only club that could guarantee it (trophies).
“Or does he want to leave a legacy at Tottenham? Could he do the same as yourself (Shearer) at Newcastle and Matt Le Tissier at Southampton?
“If he does that, I’m sure he’d have a job for life at Tottenham. You go somewhere else, there’s no guarantee it’s going to work. It’s a tough decision for him.”
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