Lucas Moura has admitted that he and his Tottenham teammates were worried when Harry Kane was being linked with a move away from the club in the summer.
Manchester City were linked with a big-money move for Kane all through the summer transfer window but Spurs managed to stand firm and keep hold of the striker.
It initially seemed as though the North Londoners had made a mistake by holding on to the England captain against his wishes as he started the campaign sluggishly.
However, Kane’s form improved after Antonio Conte replaced Nuno Espirito Santo at the helm and the striker has found his goalscoring boots over the last few weeks.
Reports have indicated that the 28-year-old is loving life under Conte and could be offered a new contract if Spurs continue improving under the Italian.
Moura has said he is delighted that Kane ended up staying, admitting it would have been almost impossible to replace the striker had he left.
The former Paris Saint-Germain man told ESPN Brasil (as translated by Sport Witness): “Harry has an absurd connection not only with Tottenham but with the English fan. Undoubtedly one of the greatest players in England in recent years and a great reference.
“And when all this noise came out on the market, everyone was apprehensive. We even got a little tense. Because losing a player of his quality is really difficult. Hard to even replace, to find another one on the market. And it would be a great loss for us.
“Now, I, honestly, got worried. I thought he was going. Because of everything that was said, all the noise that was created.
“But in the end, it all worked out, he stayed with us. And so, in the locker room, we comment. Everyone was apprehensive to see the end of the soap opera.
“Nobody has that kind of information inside, because we are inside the club. Nobody has any information like ‘oh, he’s really going’. Until the club’s confirmation comes out, we don’t know.
“No one will… I’m not close enough with him to ask. But even if you are, you won’t ask ‘so, are you really leaving?’. So it’s hard. So we had this expectation, waiting for the end and thank God he stayed.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Despite Conte’s arrival at Spurs, I am not convinced that we have seen the last of speculation linking Kane with a move away from the club.
If Tottenham do not make the top four this season, the striker is unlikely to extend his contract. That would leave the North Londoners with a decision to make as next summer would be the final window where they can get a big fee for him.
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