Gabby Agbonlahor has revealed why he turned down moves to Arsenal and Tottenham in order to stay at Aston Villa.
During Villa’s battle for a Champions League spot in the late 2000s, Agbonlahor thought joining the Gunners or Spurs would have been a ‘sideways’ career move.
The former England forward remained at Villa, but did not win any silverware during his 13-year playing career, with Martin O’Neill’s side finishing as high as sixth in the Premier League.
Harry Kane is in a similar position now with the striker, who is yet to win a trophy at Tottenham, being linked with a £150million transfer to Man City this summer.
While discussing whether Kane should stay or leave, Agbonlahor told talkSPORT: “During my career, there was a time I could have gone to Spurs or Arsenal, but at that time, they were on the same level as Aston Villa.
“I wouldn’t have left to go sideways anywhere when I was getting into the England squads with Aston Villa and we were pushing for the top four.
“So as bad as it sounds, no one that was better than Villa at the time wanted me. So I didn’t get that test.
“But it’s a totally different scenario for Harry Kane. He’s one of the best strikers in the world at the moment.
“He could go to any club he wanted to. I don’t think anyone would turn down having Harry Kane.”