Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane has admitted that Arsenal’s decision to release him as a youth player was one of the best things that could have happened to him in his career so far.
The England international has developed into one of Europe’s most prolific strikers at White Hart Lane in recent seasons and Kane has continued his brilliant form this season for Spurs.
He has netted 35 goals across all competition for club and country and so far this season, the proclaimed Real Madrid target has established himself as one of the most feared forwards in Europe.
Kane was released by Arsenal’s academy when he was just eight years old and the striker has since become one of the best forwards around at their bitter local rivals Tottenham.
Now, he has admittted that being released by the North London club at that age helped him to build up his game and continue to improve.
Speaking to the Players’ Tribune, he said:
“Looking back on it now, [being released by Arsenal] was probably the best thing that ever happened to me because it gave me a drive that wasn’t there before.
“For me, the rejection is the best thing that ever happened to me.”
The Englishman will be hoping to find his scoring boot once again when Tottenham host Arsenal in crunch Premier League clash at Wembley on Saturday lunchtime.
Arsenal head into the game against Tottenham on the back of 5-1 win over Everton last weekend, while Tottenham head into the game on the back of a 2-2 with Liverpool at Anfield.
A win for Arsene Wenger’s men would move them to within just one point above Spurs as the race for Champions League qualification hots up.