Nuno Espirito Santo has revealed that he will only talk to Harry Kane once he walks back through the doors at Hotspur Way later this summer.
The Portuguese head coach was named as the new Tottenham boss more than 70 days after Jose Mourinho was sacked and, as such, has not had a chance to meet all of his new players yet.
Many Spurs stars were in action in the European Championships and Copa America this summer, Harry Kane included.
Kane captained England to a historic Euro 2020 final, although the Three Lions fell painfully short in a penalty shootout against Italy at Wembley.
Following the defeat, the Spurs striker was entitled to a few weeks of holiday and will thus likely not return to pre-season training until a week before the new campaign.
Nuno has now revealed that he preferred to give his international players some space and will speak with them face to face when they return.
He said (Football London): “I’ve been talking to all the players, every chance I have. It’s the way we work – during training sessions, trying to give advice that we think is appropriate in that moment.
“We are delighted with the players that we work with, we count on each and every one of them and to make them better. If you see a photo of [me speaking to] one player, it doesn’t mean that I don’t speak with other players.
“I speak with every player when I think I should, but now their job is to commit themselves and it’s hard. It’s hard. Training sessions are difficult, but they believe that it’s necessary, it’s required and they are doing it so well.”
He added: “I didn’t speak to any of the players with 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 focused on the national team. [Harry Kane] 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.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
I think this is the best approach. Let Kane come back and have a proper sit-down chat with Nuno about his plan for Tottenham moving forward. Kane may want to leave, but that may also not be possible so it’s important to keep him motivated within the club project.
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