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Nuno Espirito Santo says 'committed' Harry Kane has nothing to prove

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Kane wore the captain's armband against Pacos de Ferreira
Kane wore the captain's armband against Pacos de Ferreira / James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Nuno Espirito Santo has insisted that Harry Kane does not have to prove his commitment to Tottenham, after his move to Manchester City broke down.

Kane has been pushing for a Spurs exit all summer long but after negotiations were unsuccessful he released a statement confirming that he would be staying at the club.

England's captain endured a disrupted pre-season after arriving back to training late and was finally handed his first start of the season during Spurs’ 3-0 UEFA Conference League win over Pacos de Ferreira on Thursday night.

Kane bagged a brace upon his return and Nuno revealed he was delighted with his performance. 

“He played good, he scored, he had good movements, he helped the team in possession, out of possession kept his shape, helped recover the ball. He is still improving,” Nuno said. “But playing is the best way for all players to improve, to compete and the edge of the game is what takes players beyond their limits and that is what we expect from all of them?”

Kane received a good reception from the home supporters, something the Spurs head coach was similarly delighted about. 

“It was good, our fans are amazing. The support they give for all of us. Even in the training session we had here, the energy you can see. This is what we want, this bond for them to enjoy we give everything we have and supporting themselves in the stands. Creating this energy is good for us,” he added.

Nuno went on to insist that his talisman did not have to prove his commitment to the cause, despite agitating for a move in recent months.

“I see Harry every day since he joined us, every day," he added. "He doesn't have to prove to anyone. He's committed. You can see. All the situations that happens is part of the past, let's look and move forward, but I see him every day.

“I see him today in the training sessions. I saw him today at the end of the game, now it is time to recover. He is one more that will help us."