DIMITAR BERBATOV warned that Harry Kane’s battle to leave Tottenham would leave him “mentally and physically exhausted”.
The Bulgarian went on “strike” at Spurs – before joining Manchester United.
And although he never boycotted training in the summer of 2008, Berbatov missed two games early in the season before sealing a £ 30.75million transfer.
As England skipper Kane tries to force a move to Manchester City, no one is better placed than Berba to offer advice.
He told SunSport: “I know exactly how Harry Kane feels.
“I know he will be going through a difficult and confusing time, with a million questions turning his head.
“He’s going to be mentally and physically exhausted after all of this.
“Now he’s going to ask so many questions, sabotage himself.
“Am I, Mr. Spurs, still doing the right thing by not going to practice?” Why am I doing this?
“What if it doesn’t work and I have to get back to my old teammates? How am I going to look them in the eye?
“How am I going to look the fans in the eye? Will they forgive me?
“I’m sure Kane is torn and I’m sure he’s going through a painful time.”
Berbatov, 40, was White Hart Lane’s darling after 23 goals in his second season after arriving from Bayer Leverkusen.
A bitter transfer saga ensued, with President Daniel Levy filing a lawsuit against United boss Sir Alex Ferguson’s lawsuit.
Berbatov made the preseason and came off the bench in Spurs’ opener at Middlesbrough.
But he was then “dropped” for the next two by manager Juande Ramos, who said his presence “would not be good for the dressing room and the team’s effort”.
A deal was made at the last minute and Berbatov’s dream had come true, not that he was okay with Kane’s tactic of missing training.
The Betfair ambassador added: “I was surprised, I don’t think this is the right way.
“I never boycotted training, that’s the difference.
“I haven’t played two games. It was hard for me to admit it, but I found the power to say: “If I play my spirit will not be there, so I will hinder my teammates in their work.”
“I was in every training session, but obviously my mind was elsewhere too, in places you don’t want to know.
“But training is easy. It’s behind closed doors, most teammates will understand you, and it will be easy to let go of the stress with jokes and jokes.
“Hopefully Harry gets back to training, and then the tough and interesting part will come – the games.
“If that is to happen, I think it will be the last day of the window. But I would like this to be resolved sooner, because I don’t want to see him boycott the games.
Kane is at home and is a world star. He’s going to leave people disappointed, especially the fans who adore him. Some understand, others will never understand.
“Nobody wants to do this, especially Harry Kane.
“Mr. Spurs, first name on the team sheet, that he comes to a point where he says he doesn’t want to play is going to be very sad.
“But will he be focused if he’s playing?” I do not think so.
Tottenham fans were devastated when Berbatov left – but that’s on another level. Levy stands for around £ 160million.
And Berbatov said, “If I were Levy, I would do the same. He fights for his team.
“It was different for me because I was a foreigner from a small country and it was a unique chance.
“Kane is at home and he’s a world star. He’s going to leave people disappointed, especially the fans who adore him.
THE DREAM TEAM IS BACK! REGISTER NOW FOR SEASON 21/22 WITH £ 100,000 PRIZES TO GRAB
CONTEST: SPOT THE BALL TO WIN A CAR AND MONEY
“Some understand, others will never understand.
“Football is cruel, the pain is going to be greater than when I left.”
⚽ Read our Upload Live News Blog for the latest rumors, gossip and closed deals