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Harry Kane: Being released by Arsenal is the best thing to ever happen to me

Harry Kane has described Arsenal’s decision to reject him as the "best thing that ever happened to me". In a long-form article for The Players’…

Harry Kane has described Arsenal’s decision to reject him as the "best thing that ever happened to me".

In a long-form article for The Players’ Tribune published following his 100th Premier League goal, an injury-time penalty against Liverpool on Sunday night, the Tottenham talisman details the inspirations and key moments in his life thus far.

Kane was released by Arsenal’s academy when he was aged only eight only to bounce back from the early rejection to become one of the world’s best strikers with fierce rivals Spurs.

Kane wrote: "I remember the first time we played against Arsenal [for Tottenham’s academy team] and even back then, I had a chip on my shoulder.

"It might sound ridiculous. I was only eight when they let me go, but every time we played them, I thought, ‘Alright, we’ll see who’s right and who’s wrong’.

"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 forward, who was writing for The Players’ Tribune, added: "I remember walking round the pitch after the final whistle and clapping to the fans and it felt like, ‘well, I told you so’.

"We were in the tunnel, and I thought, ‘Okay took me 12 years, but we’ll see who was right and who was wrong."

"I scored two that day, and the winner in the 86th minute was something that I’d never even dream of visualising before a match.

"It was a header – probably the best header I’ve ever scored – and that feeling when it hit the back of the net, I’ve never felt a rush like that in my whole career."

Kane’s impressive streak of form for Tottenham in recent years has seen him linked with big-money moves to the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United.

But the 24-year-old insists he remains motivated by winning the Premier League for Tottenham.

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