Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood, former a Tottenham head coach, revealed he blocked the sale of Spurs striker Harry Kane when he was in charge, with the youngster having since recently been called up to the England national team, reports Sky Sports.
During his time with the Londoners, Sherwood revealed that he was being pressed to sell Kane back in January 2014, but was reticent to led the young striker leave the club as he knew what he had to offer. Tottenham owner Daniel Levy wanted Kane to exit White Hart Lane long before he started making an impact in the Premier League, but the decision to keep him has since paid dividends.
This season, Kane was enjoyed an outstanding breakthrough season with Tottenham, scoring 26 goals in all competitions. His finish ability, hold-up play, close control, aerial threat, and ability to beat his marker has seen England call him up for their two internationals to come against Italy and Lithuania, and many believe the 21-year-old could become a mainstay for his country.
Sherwood paid tribute to Kane, but also added how it was him who gave the youngster the platform to shine for Tottenham, despite the hierarchy requesting his sale.
“It took time for Harry to win them over but they love him now and they’re reaping the rewards for it. I am delighted for him. It’s just great I resisted the temptation to get rid of him last January because perhaps he wouldn’t be the star he is for Tottenham now,” he said.
“He was never close to leaving in my opinion but there were people at the club who wanted to bring in another striker and sacrifice Harry Kane – but I wouldn’t allow that to happen.”
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