Former Tottenham star disagrees with Carragher and wants Kane banned from training ground
Kane faces repercussions of 'costly' decision
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Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara has disagreed with Jamie Carragher and believes Spurs should keep wantaway striker Harry Kane away from the training ground. Kane has evaded preparations for the 2021-22 Premier League campaign this week and wants the North Londoners to facilitate a £150million transfer to Manchester City.
The England captain wants to leave Spurs in pursuit of silverware, having failed to win a major team honour during his career.
He has angered club chiefs by not showning up at Spurs’ Enfield training centre this week, despite being due to undergo regular tests on Monday before beginning fitness sessions on Tuesday.
Kane will speak to the club’s chairman, Daniel Levy, to reiterate his desire to depart in a huge move to Premier League champions City.
Former Spurs man O’Hara believes Kane’s transfer saga would disrupt new boss Nuno Espirito Santo’s pre-season training, pointing to a similar scenario when Dimitar Berbatov wanted to leave the club 14 years ago.
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But that view conflicts with the opinion of Liverpool hero Carragher, who believes Kane should report to training.
“I think it’s actually better that Harry Kane is not at training,” O’Hara told TalkSPORT.
“When a player [in this situation] is in, it can become disruptive.
“I think he’s making a stance. He’s making a stance that he doesn’t want to be there, he wants to go, he wants something to happen.
“I remember this situation we had with Berbatov. A very similar situation where Man United were after him, Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to sign Berba.
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“He’s just had a great season and I remember he didn’t not come into training, but when he did come into training it was like, I don’t want to say it was disruptive, he just wasn’t bothered.
“He wasn’t bothered, he didn’t want to be there, he wanted out and it actually made the dressing room worse.
“He ended up starting on the bench at the start [of the season], he came off the bench and he didn’t play very well, and then he didn’t play for a couple of games. He got dropped.
“He just wasn’t a good feeling to have in a dressing room when you have someone around like that who just wants to go.
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“He ended up going and went on to have a great career at Manchester United. Spurs got over it, we carried on, we ended up getting to the League Cup final that season and we had a good season.”
Carragher said that he would offer the same advice to Kane that he gave to former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard 16 years ago.
Gerrard was close to joining Chelsea in the summer of 2005 but ended up performing a U-turn and remaining at Anfield.
Carragher claims he told Gerrard not to risk his legendary status with Liverpool fans and believes Kane risks terminating his relationship with Spurs fans by taking extreme measures to force a move.
“I have no problem with him (Kane) wanting to go to City,” Carragher wrote in his column for the Telegraph.
“But it’s the way he’s going about trying to get that transfer by not turning up to training… that is worrying.
“My message to Harry would the same as it was to Stevie: don’t ruin your reputation for this – always think about your name and standing in the game.
“For me, that is as important as any trophy Harry could win.”
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