Harry Kane Denies Claims He Abandoned Tottenham Training Amid Manchester City Links

By Amreen
Harry Kane has denied that he refused to return to training at Tottenham
Harry Kane has denied that he refused to return to training at Tottenham / Clive Rose/Getty Images

Harry Kane has denied that he refused to turn up for Tottenham's pre-season training earlier this week as he continues to seek a move away to Manchester City.

Kane has repeatedly expressed his desire to move away from Spurs this summer, but the club are adamant to hold on to their club talisman. As a result, the England international extended his vacation in Florida following Euro 2020 and refused to show up for pre-season training. The 28-year-old is set to miss Spurs' opening game of the season as he continues to push for a move away from the club.

But the 28-year-old confirmed he would return to the club on Saturday in a statement released on social media. "It hurts to read some of the comments that have been made this week, questioning my professionalism," said Kane.

"While I won't go into the specifics of the situation, I want to clarify that I would never, and have never, refused to train. I will be returning to the club tomorrow (Saturday), as planned. I wouldn't do anything to jeopardise the relationship I have with the fans who've given me such unwavering support."

Pep Guardiola admitted he isn't sure if Kane would be available this summer and all but ruled out a move for Lionel Messi, who is currently a free agent after Barcelona confirmed his official exit from the club.

"If Tottenham don't want to negotiate, it's finished," Guardiola said. "If they are open, then all the clubs in the world will want to sign him.

"Harry is an extraordinary striker. We are interested in him but if Tottenham don't want to negotiate, nothing more to say. Messi was a surprise for everyone, me included. Right now it's not in our thoughts, absolutely not. In football you never know what is going to happen but it looks difficult."