Former Spurs midfielder, Danny Murphy has revealed that Nuno Espirito Santo’s press conference comments on the future of Harry Kane shocked him last week talkSPORT (19 July, 10.30 am).
Kane has been linked with a move away from Tottenham this summer, with Manchester City, Man United, and Chelsea tipped as interested parties.
Kane suggested in an interview with Gary Neville that he would sit down and have a conversation with Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy at some point this summer.
While the England captain has never publicly admitted that he wants to leave, Sky Sports reported he privately informed Spurs at the end of last season.
Kane has talked about having a conversation with Nuno Espirito Santo after his appointment, telling talkSPORT, “He’s a great manager and did a great job at Wolves and got them playing a really good way. Let’s get back and I’m sure we’ll be in contact after the tournament.”
The move is by no means a given. He has 3 years left on his contract and Manchester City’s reported approaches, thus far have been in the region of £100million – with Levy and co said to be disinterested.
Nuno claimed in his opening press conference that “Harry is our player, period. No need to talk about anything else” in response to questioning (football.london).
This is the statement that Murphy has claimed has left him ‘baffled’.
He said: “I was really baffled (by Nuno’s claims). It’s like he’s forgotten what Kane’s said!
“(If I was Nuno) I would say: ‘I haven’t spoken to Kane yet. I know he wants to leave – I need to have a chat and we’ll see where we go from there.’
“He’s brushing it under the carpet for now. I suppose it’s keeping the peace.
“Whatever Nuno says or doesn’t say, (the situation) has to be dealt with. Kane still wants to leave and it will take an astronomical amount to get him out. I don’t know how it’s going to happen because of Daniel (Levy’s) stubbornness.
“He’s going to have to knock the door down and I don’t know if that’s in him. He’s desperate to go.”
Murphy’s comments suggest a certain amount of naivety on his own part. I am not sure why he is so confident that he believes Nuno Espirito Santo is being too ambitious in claiming Spurs can be assured of keeping their star player.
Naturally, Kane will be frustrated by recent failures and an obvious decline, however, he is the ultimate professional and to move on from Spurs will always be a difficult decision for him.
Nuno is unlikely to stray from Levy and the decision-makers, so he must have received assurances that Spurs will be rejecting any approaches.
They are in the far stronger position and it seems it would take at least double City’s offer to get the Spurs powers-that-be’s attention.
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