The England captain returned to training on Friday amid an apparent long-running dispute with Spurs over his future and a move to the Etihad Stadium
Harry Kane could eliminate Tottenham’s game against Manchester City, says manager Nuno Espirito Santo, amid ongoing ties between the striker and the Premier League champions.
The England captain was deeply moved this summer over a move to the Etihad Stadium after Euro 2020 and returned late from the holiday to the annoyance of Spurs power brokers.
After giving the assurance earlier this month that his star man would be in the frame to defy his suitors, it looks like Nuno has stepped back on a definitive answer, suggesting he could still miss out.
What was said?
“All decisions are not just based on fitness,” the manager said. ‘It’s based on many, many aspects we need to consider.
“Footballers are not just professionals, they are people who are involved in many situations. We all have our own lives.
“When we make decisions, I try to get as much information as possible so that my decision is best for the team.”
Kane saga continues
After another fruitless season on the silverware front – a pain exacerbated by the recent defeats for both the club and the country – there was speculation that Kane could leave north of London this summer.
But despite City pursuing their services, Tottenham – and Daniel Levy – have maintained their stance, a situation that is further exacerbated by the late return of the striker after the pre-season.
After only training with his teammates for the first time on Friday, the issue of the 28-year-old’s future in the near future still seems to be the headlines.
The bigger picture
Whether Kane plays or not, Tottenham will start all over again when they host City this weekend, as Nuno wants to bring the curtain to Jose Mourinho in the future.
The club may already have an eye on the first leg of their Europa Conference League play-off match with Pacos de Ferreira on 19 August, and the Spurs are determined to avoid an early retirement from continental football this season.