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Harry Kane in Contention to Face Manchester City, Confirms Tottenham Boss Nuno Espirito Santo

By Amreen
Nuno expects Kane to start against Man City
Nuno expects Kane to start against Man City / Visionhaus/Getty Images

Nuno Espirito Santo has claimed Harry Kane is in contention to start Tottenham's first game of the 2021-22 season against Manchester City this weekend.

Kane did not turn up for Spurs' pre-season training last week after an extended vacation which now sees him in isolation longer than expected, thereby delaying his involvement in Nuno's plans for the upcoming season. The 28-year-old has also been linked with a move to Pep Guardiola's side throughout the summer, leaving his future up in the air.

However, Nuno, who was due to speak with Kane, has revealed that the ball is in the England international's court and all the players in regular training will be in contention for a place in his squad for City’s visit.

The Spurs boss said: "All the players who work on a daily basis will be options for us, then it’s up to us to decide."

Nuno refused to be drawn into the discussion about Kane's absence from training and insisted that he wanted to work through things with the striker. “It's not about that,” he said of the timing of Kane's return. “It's about what we have to do to solve the situation – this is important.

“First of all we have to speak. This is going to happen today (Monday) and after that, we hope to solve all situations. We have to solve it together, everybody involved has to solve it together, speaking, having a nice conversation and putting out our opinions. But everybody together.”

Meanwhile, Guardiola has admitted that City could go through the new season without a new striker, and any deal for Kane depends on whether Tottenham are willing to negotiate a deal. “He's a player for Tottenham. If they don't want to negotiate, it's finished,” he said.

“If they are open to negotiate, I think not just Man City but many clubs in the world want to sign him - we are not an exception - but it depends on Tottenham. “It's different from Jack [Grealish]. He had a release clause and he is different.

“Harry Kane is an exceptional, extraordinary striker - no doubts about that, of course we are interested - but he is a Tottenham player and if they don't want to negotiate there is nothing more to say. If they want to, we will try.”