Dimitar Berbatov has slammed Harry Kane's decision to skip Tottenham training two days in a row, but turned down comparisons between himself and the wantaway striker.
Kane has repeatedly expressed his desire to move away from Spurs this summer, but the club are adamant to hold on to their club talisman. As a result, the England international extended his vacation in Florida following Euro 2020 and refused to show up for pre-season training.
The 28-year-old is set to miss Spurs' opening game of the season as he continues to push for a move away from the club. Berbatov, who himself once missed two games after trying to push through a deal to sign for Manchester United in 2008, thinks Kane has taken the wrong approach to what is already a tricky situation.
"I was surprised. I don't think it's the right way. I never boycotted training, that's the difference," Berbatov said. "I didn't play two games. It was difficult for me to admit but I found the power to say, 'If I play, my mind will not be there, so I will be in the way of my teammates doing their job'.
"But training is easy. It's behind closed doors, most teammates will understand you, and it will be easy to let go of some stress with banter and jokes. I hope Harry resumes training, then the difficult and interesting part comes - the games. If it's going to happen, I think it will be the last day of the window. But I would love it to be resolved sooner, because I don't want to see him boycotting games."
He also added that Kane will be "mentally and physically exhausted" by this summer's ongoing transfer saga. "I know exactly how Harry Kane is feeling. I know he will be going through a difficult and confusing time, with a million questions going around his head," Berbatov continued.
"He's going to be mentally and physically exhausted after all of this. Now he will be asking so many questions, sabotaging himself. Am I, Mr Spurs, still doing the right thing by not going to training? Why am I doing this? "What happens if it doesn't work and I need to go back to my old teammates? How am I going to look them in the eye?
"How will I look the fans in the eye? Will they forgive me? I am sure Kane is torn apart and I am sure he is going through a painful period."