Hugo Lloris has insisted that the speculation surrounding Harry Kane’s future is not a distraction for the Tottenham squad going into their season opener against Manchester City this afternoon.
There have been plenty of twists and turns in the Kane transfer sage already, with the striker taking to social media last week to deny allegations that he had refused to train.
It was suggested until a few days ago that Manchester City remained confident of getting a deal for the England captian over the line before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.
However, The Times revealed yesterday that Daniel Levy is unlikely to sanction the deal this late in the window and Kane is starting to accept that he is going nowhere this summer.
Nuno Espirito Santo has revealed that the 28-year-old is available for selection for this eveing’s clash but it remains to be seen if the striker will have any part to play.
Despite all the noise in the background about Kane, Lloris stated that he had no doubts about the striker’s professionalism.
While the Spurs captian admitted that there was a slight uneasiness around the air, he insisted that the situation is not as ‘complicated’ as many other similar ones he witnesses in his career.
When asked about the speculation surrounding Kane, the Frenchman told The Daily Mail: “Harry is a professional and he is here with a smile, he’s here with his team-mates.
“There is a situation in the air, we cannot hide that, but it belongs to him and the club. If the manager needs him, he will be professional.
“Everywhere is the same. It can happen anywhere, at any club. The most important thing is to feel that the player is professional and is respectful to his teammates and that is completely the case, there is no doubt about that.
“From my experience there were some different cases that were more complicated but, as I say, it belongs to the club and the player and as long as it doesn’t affect the team it’s not a problem.”
The goalkeeper said that he and his teammates are fully focused on the season to come irrespective of what happens with Kane.
Lloris added: “Friday is only the first day he trained with the team.
“The most important for me as the captain and a player is to see my team-mates going in the same direction, together, making sure you are going to start the season.
“But as I said before, we are in a period that a lot of things can happen.
“It’s the same all around the world, at any club and that is also the message from the manager: he just wants players focused on training sessions and focused on the competition and then we will see what will happen.
“As a player, a team-mate, I have no words to say, it belongs to the club and Harry to find the solution.”
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I do not expect Kane to start this afternoon but it could be quite telling whether or not he makes the matchday sqaud. If he is not named among the substitutes, that could be a sign that Nuno feels the player is too distracted to be involved, which likely means a move to City very much remains on the cards for the 28-year-old.
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