Spurs smash wage structure to secure Kane
Published 02/12/2016 | 02:30
Tottenham Hotspur have ripped up their wage structure to reward Harry Kane with a new contract that could earn the England international £120,000 a week.
Kane has committed his future to Spurs by signing a five-and-a-half-year deal to end the uncertainty over his future, with Jan Vertonghen expected to follow shortly by agreeing improved terms.
Spurs were determined to keep Kane at White Hart Lane for the long term and chairman Daniel Levy, a notoriously difficult negotiator, has moved to break their wage ceiling to offer a contract which more than doubles the striker's previous salary.
It is understood the 23-year-old will earn a basic £90,000 a week with achievable bonuses and incentives raking in a further £30,000 a week.
Kane's new deal is not thought to include a sell-on clause, but puts him more in line with other England international forwards such as Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge.
The development is a huge boost for Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino, who has persuaded Levy to reward the majority of his key players with new deals.
Kane is now the highest-paid player in Spurs history.
"Everyone knows what I feel for this club. To sign another contract is a special feeling. We have got a great young squad and the club is moving in the right direction," said Kane, who has scored six goals this season. "The next step for us is to start winning trophies and being in those high-pressure games."
Kane's commitment has lifted some of the gloom after a disappointing 10 days in which they were knocked out of the Champions League and surrendered their unbeaten league record by losing at Chelsea.
"It's good news, but it's true that the last month and a half we all feel disappointed, for different reasons," said Pochettino.
Spurs, who are seven points behind leaders Chelsea, host struggling Swansea tomorrow. (© Daily Telegraph, London)