Speculation is linking the England captain with a transfer this summer with Spurs’ chances of a place in the Champions League next season still in doubt.
Kane’s failure to win a major trophy so far in his career is also believed to be causing him to have a rethink, with clubs across Europe now on alert to his potential availability.
“He (Kane) is right, although, of course, he is the man at Tottenham,” said van der Vaart. “It may sound crazy, but you would almost say go to Manchester United or something, stay in England.
“Usually, it’s not such a success when an English player goes to Madrid.”
Kane could well already be getting tips from current teammate Gareth Bale following the Welshman’s lengthy stint in Spain, though a move may still be a long time coming.
Firstly, Kane is tied to Tottenham by his contract, which runs until 2024. Secondly, Spurs’ owner Daniel Levy is unlikely to accept anything less than £100million for his prized asset – a sum few clubs can afford in the current climate.
In addition, Man Utd and Real Madrid are both preoccupied by Erling Haaland’s situation in the market, with the youngster deemed the more suitable long-term target.
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There is of course the option for Kane to stay put at Tottenham, though he did point out a year ago that he would not stick around ‘for the sake of it’ if the club could not match his ambition.
Van der Vaart added: “At Tottenham, he [Kane] is the main man, he will keep scoring all the goals and financially there is no need to move for him.
“At Tottenham he is earning an absolute bomb, so no reason to leave.’’