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Harry Kane's teammates believe he may refuse to return to Tottenham's training facilities if he is not granted a transfer this summer.
The England captain led his nation to the final of Euro 2020 and – like the rest of Gareth Southgate’s squad – is now in the midst of a three-week break to rest and recuperate ahead of the new season.
Three Lions teammates of the 27-year-old are of the belief that he may not cooperate by returning to the club’s pre-season training if Spurs chief Daniel Levy does not countenance a transfer.
That is despite new Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo insisting this week that Kane would be at the club next season and that he was looking forward to working together.
Harry Kane wants to leave Tottenham this summer amid interest from Man City
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Nuno was appointed after a lengthy search to replace Jose Mourinho as the permanent boss, but a report in The Telegraph outlines the possibility that his captain may force an exit as he believes there is a gentleman's agreement in place, despite his long-term deal in North London.
Manchester City are believed to be preparing a bid for the England captain in what could become a protracted transfer saga this summer, with Kane said to hold a transfer valuation of £150million.
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Nuno told a press conference this week: “Harry is our player, period.
“No need to talk about anything else. Now is the moment for Harry to recover his energy, to rest.
“When he comes again we will have time to speak. We will have good conversations, but now is the moment for Harry to rest and to prepare for what’s coming. And I’m looking forward to him joining the group and starting working together.
Nuno Espirito Santo was appointed Tottenham Hotspur manager this summer after leaving Wolves
“I didn’t speak to any of the players in the national teams, no one. Because I believe if I was on the other side it would be disrespectful. I think the players in the national team should be focussed on the national team.
“He has a hard job to do, totally committed to the national team, obviously, so this is why I decided not to speak to any of them.
“I will speak when they arrive. This is the right moment in our own building, face to face, sitting down and to prepare our future together.
“Harry’s one of the best footballers in the world and he’s a Tottenham FC player.”
When Nuno was pressed on whether Levy had guaranteed him that Kane would still be at the club next season, he added: “All the conversations that we had, all the squad are available, and we have a lot of good players, I can count on. And I’m counting on each and every one of them.
“I had a lot of meetings, we spoke about a lot of things, But one thing is for sure: what we speak about between us, stays between us. What I can say about that is Harry Kane is one of the best football players in the world and he’s with us, he’s our player, he’s Tottenham’s player. That can make us very proud.”
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