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Dimitar Berbatov Brands Harry Kane as "Naive" as Links to Manchester City Continue

Berbatov believes Kane has not handled his demands to leave the club in the best way
Berbatov believes Kane has not handled his demands to leave the club in the best way / Pool/Getty Images

Former Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov believes Harry Kane and his personal team have been "naive" in their approach to work out a transfer to Manchester City, but understands the striker's frustrations.

Kane has been linked with a switch to the Premier League champions throughout the summer, and arrived last for Spurs' pre-season training, causing him to miss their first league game against City last week. He was also left behind for Spurs' trip to Pacos Ferreira in the Europa Conference League in Portugal on Thursday, as the rumours continue.

Berbatov, who switched to Manchester United in 2008, after forcing through a summer deadline move, admitted he can understand Kane's fury. "If they did speak at the end of last season and they had a gentleman's agreement which has been broken, it isn't a great situation and it's no surprise that Kane is p****d off," he said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

"I have been in this situation and all I have to say is that they should have expected and anticipated this. Kane's team shouldn't have been so naïve with this situation because football is a business. Of course, we like that gentlemen's style of shaking hands and saying, "yes, you have my word", but sometimes in football it doesn't work like this and you get angry. You have to expect for these things to happen and plan how to avoid it or react to it when it happens."

Meanwhile, Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo has admitted he is unsure if Kane will be available to face Wolves on Sunday. When asked if the England international will be available on the weekend, Nuno replied: “I cannot answer this. I can answer that he’s getting better and better, fitter, and he will join the group on Friday. Then we’ll see. He’s better than yesterday and hopefully he’s going to be better tomorrow. That’s how all the players working should be. Improving and working on fitness."

Last week, Nuno insisted his relationship with Kane "was fine" after a brief talk, explaining: "The decisions are not only based on fitness. It's based on many, many aspects. Football players are not only professionals — they are people that deal with many situations. Harry joined the group today. He trained. We had a talk. Of course it's a private conversation but everything is OK."