Gareth Southgate ‘not concerned’ over England captain Harry Kane’s future as he feels there’s ‘no downside’ should he leave Tottenham for Bayern Munich
- Bayern Munich are interested in signing Harry Kane during the summer window
- Gareth Southgate addressed Kane’s future as a guest on talkSPORT on Friday
- He feels Kane will succeed wherever he plays his football in the coming season
Gareth Southgate has insisted that he sees ‘no downside’ to Harry Kane leaving Tottenham for Bayern Munich this summer.
The England captain’s future is up in the air, with the Bundesliga giants desperate to sign the striker, who has one year left on his Tottenham deal.
No agreement has been reached between the two clubs and the transfer saga could rumble on for much of the remainder of the summer transfer window.
Southgate though is not concerned where Kane will play his football next season, and used Jude Bellingham as an example of how a footballer can benefit from playing abroad.
He told talkSPORT: ‘It doesn’t concern me because wherever he is he’s an outstanding player who will have a good season and score goals.
Gareth Southgate sees ‘no downside’ to Harry Kane leaving Tottenham for Bayern Munich
The England boss said he’s not concerned about where his captain plays next season
‘It’s more of a dilemma for the player, the club, what do they do financially? He’s at a certain point of his contract where can you afford not to take the money or can you afford to lose the player?
‘You want the best players in the league if you can if you’re a fan of the Premier League.
‘I mean Jude (Bellingham) has gone to Real Madrid. The pressure of playing at a club like that where you have to win every week and you’re playing with those outstanding players.
‘You’re having to mature by living abroad as he has at Dortmund. I don’t see a downside in that.
‘We’ve got a few more going abroad now to Italy, to Germany, now to Spain. So I think that’s good for their individual development and they’ve got their own careers and so England is always a consequence of what they do with their clubs in the end.
“It’s not for me to dictate where they go, where they play. We’ll assess where they are. We won’t rule people out. We’ve never ruled anybody out because of the league they play in. We rule them out on the comparison with the other players in their positions.’
Southgate was then asked about whether he would rule out Jordan Henderson because of his move to Saudi Arabia.
Opening up on his talks with Henderson he said: ‘We know the qualities he has, we know how much playing for England means to him. The question he wanted to know is “if I move here will you rule me out”?
Southgate pointed out that playing abroad has helped Jude Bellingham’s career to date
Bayern Munich have already seen a bid of £85m rebuffed by Spurs so far this summer
‘Why would we rule any player out based on where they’re playing? That would be stupid. We need to see how they are playing and how they are physically.
‘We don’t actually know the level of this league until we actually see the games. Three months ago I would have a different idea to now.’
Bayern Munich meanwhile have reportedly set Tottenham Hotspur a deadline of midnight on Friday to accept their latest offer for Harry Kane.
The German champions are in pole position to sign the England striker but have already seen a bid of £85million rebuffed by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.