England and Tottenham captain, Harry Kane has denied refusing to return to Tottenham to train with his peers amid reports of an impending £150m transfer to Manchester City
The England captain has been the subject of intense scrutiny after failing to report back to Spurs for pre-season following his post-Euro 2020 break, with manager Nuno Espirito Santo revealing earlier this week that he had not even spoken to Kane since he was employed as Coach .
The wantaway star wants to move to Manchester City after spending a decade at Tottenham and in an emotional statement released on Friday, August 6 said that he has ‘never refused to train’ and is hurt by Tottenham fans ‘questioning my professionalism’
In the statement Kane said he will return to Tottenham on Saturday.
‘While I won’t go into the specifics of the situation, I want to clarify that I would never, and have never, refused to train,’ Kane said.
‘I will be returning to the club tomorrow, as planned.’
Kane revealed his hurt at Spurs fans who have criticised their talisman’s perceived poor behaviour in an effort to make his transfer to City happen, saying that for almost a decade supporters at White Hart Lane have ‘shown me total love and support’.
‘That’s why it hurts to read some of the comments that have been made this week, questioning my professionalism,’ Kane said, adding that he ‘wouldn’t do anything to jeopardise the relationship I have with the fans.’
The statement by Kane comes after City boss Pep Guardiola talked about his desire to sign Kane publicly on Friday.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has no intention of selling Kane – who still has three years left on his Spurs contract – for less than £150million, meaning City would have to break the British transfer record again just after signing Jack Grealish for £100m.
‘If Tottenham don’t want to negotiate, it’s finished,’ Guardiola said. ‘If they are open then all the clubs in the world will want to sign him.
‘It depends on Tottenham. Harry is an extraordinary striker. We are interested in him but if Tottenham don’t want to negotiate, nothing more to say.’