Harry Kane’s future is still up in the air, as he will not participate in Tottenham’s Europa League play-off game against Pacos de Ferreira in Portugal on Thursday; instead, he will stay in London, with a move to Manchester City still a possibility before the transfer window ends.
Kane was selected to Spurs’ Conference League squad of 25, but the England captain will remain at home to improve on his fitness while his teammates go to Portugal, a decision reached by all parties.
Should a transfer to Manchester City materialise, the forward’s involvement in the tournament would not prevent him from competing in the Champions League this season.
After finishing his spell of seclusion, Kane trained with his Tottenham teammates for the first time this season on Tuesday morning. After returning to the UK after his vacation in the Bahamas through Florida, Harry slept at Spurs’ training site hotel, The Lodge.
Due to isolation rules, he was unable to join his teammates as they prepared to play City in their Premier League opener on Sunday, and he will have to wait a little longer to make his first appearance of the season.
When asked whether Kane will be available to play Wolves on Sunday, Spurs manager Nuno Espirito Santo responded: “That is a question I am unable to answer. What I can tell you is that he is improving, and his fitness is improving every day.
“On Friday, he’ll join the group, and on Saturday, we’ll make a decision on who will play in the next game.”
City had a £100 million bid for Kane rejected earlier this summer, but manager Pep Guardiola has said that he still wants to acquire him.
Kane informed Spurs at the conclusion of last season that he wants to leave this summer in order to fight for big prizes more often, and that he has a gentleman’s agreement with chairman Daniel Levy to do so.
Manchester City’s loss against Tottenham on Sunday would only have heightened their desire to buy Kane before the transfer window shuts at the end of this month, according to Gary Neville, speaking on the inaugural Gary Neville Podcast of the new season.
He said, ” “Man City has never been a team that reacts well to a single loss, but they’ve now suffered three [the Champions League final, the Community Shield, and the Premier League], and they need a striker.
“Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres are forwards, as are Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane, and I know that’s the direction the game is heading in terms of versatile attackers. They move about, and City has Raheem Sterling, Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, and other front-line players who do so.
“But I believe they need a point, anything, because Kane might have made the difference in games like the one on Sunday. He would have taken a risk, pushed the ball forward more, insisted that they play faster, and gotten his head on a cross.
“When Man City isn’t playing at their best, they start slowing the game down and going away from it. I’m not sure why that is. I understand that you may not be able to sprint as fast as others, but you can still be quick and move the ball away while you’re on the ball. They just lost their way about the 15th or 20th minute of the game.
“Kane will be on the schedule this week, as he has been throughout the preseason. I believe he’s the only England player from the Euros who hasn’t been selected in the matchday squad when he’s healthy, and he’d always be here.
“So something is going on. If City had any concerns before, they now have them… they need a striker. Sergio Aguero, one of the greatest attackers in Premier League history, left the club.”