Harry Kane staying at Tottenham 'blows title race wide open' and means Man Utd and Chelsea bang in it, says Redknapp

HARRY REDKNAPP thinks that the Premier League title race is wide open this season.

Manchester City won the trophy with a 12 point cushion last season, but Redknapp doesn't think Pep Guardiola and Co will have everything their way this season.


The 75-year-old retired manager made the comments after Harry Kane revealed he would NOT be leaving Spurs despite publicly asking to leave the club in May.

The 28-year-old England captain has been widely linked with a move to Manchester City until posting a statement on Wednesday confirming that he would be staying in North London.

And speaking to talkSPORT, the former Spurs manager said: "If he [Kane] went to Man City, I think they would’ve been nailed on for the title.

"I think that’s going to have big repercussions for them, because they’re still short of a real front-man and I think it’s thrown the title race wide open.

"Suddenly, there are four or five teams who can win it."

One of those is Manchester United who have spent a combined £114million this summer, according to Sky Sports.

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Chelsea are also expected to fare well this season after splashing out £97.5million for Romelu Lukaku.

Liverpool meanwhile have been bolstered by the return of Virgil van Dijk after nine months out injured and could challenge for the title.

Manchester City have broken the Premier League record for a transfer fee paid this summer with the signing of Jack Grealish, but the Cityzens are still short of a recognised striker.

And that's what Harry Redknapp believes Pep Guardiola's side are missing.

When asked whether his former side Spurs could finish in the top four, Redknapp said: "Absolutely. At the start of last season, I looked at their squad and thought, ‘This team’s got a chance of winning it!’

"They were that strong, but they really underachieved badly last year. They’ve started well this year.

"With Dele Alli coming back, you get him on-side, you get him fit – I think the kid is a fantastic talent.

"It’s like having another new player, with Harry staying as well. They’ve made one or two signings as well, so things are looking good for Tottenham.

"Kane staying gives them a real chance again this year."

And Nuno Espirito Santo's side have made the ideal start to the season, winning their opening two games of the campaign largely without the services of talisman Kane.

He was absent in the opening day win against last season's champions Manchester City, and made just a ten minute cameo appearance off the bench in the 1-0 win against Wolves.

But with Kane now staying at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and Alli starting to recapture some of his best form, Redknapp believes Spurs can mount a top four challenge this season.

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