Former Arsenal academy director Liam Brady has revealed the reason why his old club snubbed Harry Kane as a youngster.

The striker, who has become the Spurs talisman in the recent years, was part of the Gunners youth academy at the age of eight, however, was released before eventually joining their North London team at the age of 11.

England international forward has gone on to score 100 goals in the English top-tier for the Spurs, and his form over the last few campaign has resulted in transfer links to the Los Blancos.

While speaking to Corriere della Sera, Brady said: “He was a bit chubby, he wasn’t very athletic but we made a mistake. But Tottenham sent him out on loan to lower-division clubs three or four times as well.

“But through his determination he has carved out an amazing career and he deserves it. He has a character that drives him to improve all the time.

“After [Lionel] Messi, [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Robert] Lewandowski, there is Harry Kane. The statistics speak for themselves and he’s still only 24.”

England international forward has scored his seventh goal in as many appearances against Arsenal in last weekends victory at Wembley.

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