Harry Kane believes he has been loyal to Tottenham Hotspur over the past decade and a half.
And although he has been very well remunerated for his loyalty, he is correct.
But Tottenham Hotspur fans have been very loyal to Harry Kane. They pay his considerable wages, after all.
Either through buying tickets, merchandise or subscribing to TV sports channels.
And they have supported him through the fallow spells, through the injury lay-offs. They have, indeed, treated him as one of their own.
The very least they deserve is a personal explanation.
Not necessarily an explanation as to why Kane wants to leave, because that is pretty obvious.
Win stuff, earn even more dough.
No, the very least they deserve is a personal explanation as to why he has, apparently, not shown up for training.
He might well believe he has some sort of gentleman’s agreement with Daniel Levy but what is beyond doubt is that he has a contract with Spurs that has three years left to run.
A very lucrative contract.
If he was going to want out halfway through the six-year deal he signed in 2018, then why didn’t he have an escape clause written in?
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Since when has the football transfer business been anywhere close to a ‘gentlemanly’ practice?
Kane knows that damage to someone’s reputation in football tends to heal quickly.
And there might be well understandable reasons for his alleged no-show.
But the supporters deserve to know what they are, because this is not a good look for any player … least of all, for the England captain.