Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague says that Harry Kane has told Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino that he wants to leave the club at some point in the future.

The striker came up through the ranks with Spurs but is said to be attracting admiring glances from some of Europe’s elite, including La Liga giants Real Madrid.

And whilst it is not thought that Kane will depart this summer, it seems that in the long-term he does see himself playing away from North London.

“The problem with Kane is that as long as Cristiano Ronaldo is there, I don’t think he will want to go to Madrid,” Balague said in a question and answer session for Sky Sports.

“But anyway, Kane and Pochettino and Spurs have got a plan in the medium term.

“Kane has said he would like to go somewhere at some point and he would fit Real Madrid, but now is not the right time, I feel.”

The news is arguably unsurprising; the 24-year-old’s strike rate means that he is always going to be the subject of transfer speculation and if Tottenham cannot provide him with a platform to challenge for major honours it is almost inevitable that he will move on at some stage.

Although Spurs are certainly improving in that department, their Champions League defeat to Juventus this week showed that there is still a gap to Europe’s elite.

However, with Ronaldo still going strong for Real, a move to the Spanish capital at this point in time could see Kane playing more of a supporting role to the Portugal great.

Despite being 33 years of age the former Manchester United star is showing no signs of slowing down, but when the decline inevitably does set in it seems that Los Blancos could come calling for the England hitman.

If in the meantime Tottenham can start to pick up some silverware, then there may still be an opportunity to change Kane’s mind and keep him at the club.