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Anderton fears Son will 'start to his question his future' if Kane leaves

Published on: 19 June 2021

Darren Anderton believes Son Heung-min will 'start to question his future' at Spurs if Harry Kane leaves this summer, with 'all the top European clubs' closely monitoring  events at the North London club.

Tottenham are in the midst of a tricky summer, with Daniel Levy's search for Jose Mourinho's replacement taking longer than anticipated, while Kane is understood to have made clear his intention to end his 17-year stay at the club.

Kane has formed a strong partnership with South Korean team-mate Son, with the pair combining for 34 goals this season, but the England captain's pursuit of silverware risks breaking up the duo.

And although Son is currently in talks over a contract extension at Spurs, Anderton believes that Kane's exit would onset a domino effect on the club, fearing that fans may have to wave goodbye to the winger this summer.

'If Kane was to leave Tottenham then I think Son would start to question his future,' he told GentingBet. 'All players do.

'If you see a team-mate go on and leave you're disappointed. Why wouldn't you be? And, at that point, if you don't do well the following season then you're going to ask the questions yourself.

'Of course, you're happy for your team-mate if he goes on and wins the Premier League somewhere or the Champions League, but there'll be a little bit of envy in there that you want that as well.

'You want a piece of that. And if you don't believe that that's going to happen at the club you're at, then you're going to start thinking about moving on.

'Sonny's a great guy, isn't he? He loves Tottenham. I think we can all see that. I don't think it's anything to worry about just yet but if the club do not get back on that path of improving and getting back into the Champions League then your top players are going to start to question whether they want to be there.'

Anderton added that Europe's elite clubs will be keeping a close eye on Tottenham's summer business, and could test the waters for Son.

'All the top teams in Europe are going to be interested in someone like Son. I've said for the last three or four years that it's not about who we bring in – it's who we keep.

'That's the problem you want to have but, at the same time, you don't want them to become unsettled or become unhappy or move on.

'And then with Harry about to leave too – where does that take us? It's tough. But if European teams want to be ambitious then they want the best players and if we have two or three of them, they're going to come knocking.'


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