BREAKING NEWS: Tottenham leave Harry Kane AT HOME as they fly to Portugal for their Europa Conference League tie after he accused chairman Daniel Levy of broken promises for rejecting £125m bid from Man City and despite his return to training
- Harry Kane has been left in the UK as Spurs travel for Europa Conference League
- Nuno Espirito Santo had been planning to allow the forward to work on fitness
- Spurs face Portuguese side Pacos de Ferreira in their first game of tournament
- Kane is at loggerheads with Daniel Levy over claims he broke a promise to him
- He believes he was told he could leave Spurs if the club failed to meet objectives
Tottenham have left Harry Kane at home for their Europa League Conference trip to Portuguese side Pacos de Ferreira as speculation continues to swirl around his future at the club.
The club’s star forward has not played for the team under new boss Nuno Espirito Santo after returning from a holiday in the Carribbean and has faced scrutiny over claims he refused to return from training amid links to Manchester City.
Kane – who has since clarified there had been a breakdown in communication – was not selected in the matchday squad to face the Premier League champions in the opening day clash – which Spurs won 1-0 – as he steps up his match fitness, and recently underwent his first session of the season at Hotspur Way this week.
Harry Kane has been left at home for Tottenham’s Europa Conference League trip to Portugal by manager Nuno Espirito Santo (R)
Spurs are preparing to face Pacos de Ferreira in the newly-launched UEFA competition
Argentinian stars Cristian Romero (L) and Giovani Lo Celso (R) are seen boarding the plane
Sportsmail revealed last night that the England captain feels chairman Daniel Levy has broken a promise to allow him to leave the club this summer amid increasing tensions between the pair.
Sources close to the 28-year-old claim he feels Spurs have not matched his lofty ambitions, though he will continue to give us all when called upon to rebuild his trust with the supporters.
Kane was a huge doubt for the game in Portugal on Thursday – the club’s first game in the newly-launched UEFA competition – with Espirito Santo planning to leave him behind so he can continue working on his fitness ahead of Sunday’s trip to Wolves.
Kane, who returned to training this week, is at loggerheads with chairman Daniel Levy
Manchester City have been chasing the Englishman but Levy values him at £150million
He made his long-awaited return to training this week after finishing a period of isolation following his holiday at a hotel at the club’s training ground.
Kane underwent a solo session on Monday while his team-mates recovered from their win over City before joining the rest of his team-mates on Tuesday.
He still has his heart set on a move to Manchester City – who have already made a bid of £125million for his signature. Spurs are sticking to their valuation of £150m for a player regarded as one of the best forwards in the world, though City are unwilling to match their asking price.
City do plan to make an improved bid before the end of the transfer window, but Pep Guardiola’s side do not want to drag out the chase into next summer and have also been linked with a sensational £25m swoop for Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Kane believes he was told he could leave Spurs if they failed to win a trophy or get top four
Kane is understood to have been told he could quit Spurs this summer if the club failed to win a trophy or secure a top four finish last season.
The club’s all-time top Premier League goalscorer had held talks with Levy about his concerns over the club’s direction even before last year and is said to have been unsatisfied for the last 18 months.
He has made it clear he sees his future away from north London and gave an interview with Gary Neville in May where he stated his desire to hold an ‘honest’ conversation with Levy about his future.
Kane admitted he would like to play with City playmaker Kevin de Bruyne and suggested the club might be tempted to sell him for £100m.
Tottenham supporters have always had a special relationship with Kane after helping the club become regular contenders for Champions League football by firing in 221 goals in his last eight seasons.
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But that relationship has threatened to turn sour amid ‘confusion’ over his delayed return to the squad, which the player puts down to the club’s failure to explain a mix-up in communication.
He is disappointed his repuation as a model professional has been tarnished and put out a statement insisting he would never refuse to train.
‘It’s almost ten years since I made my Spurs debut,’ he wrote on social media. ‘For every one of those years, you – the fans – have shown me total love and support.
‘That’s why it hurts to read some of the comments this week, questioning my professionalism.
‘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, August 7], as planned.
‘I wouldn’t do anything to jeopardise the relationship with the fans who have given me such unwavering support during my time with the club. This has always been the case as it is today. Harry.’
TIMELINE: HOW THE HARRY KANE SAGA UNFOLDED
Harry Kane reiterates to chairman Daniel Levy that he wants to leave Spurs in summer after failing to finish top four or win a trophy.
The 28-year-old appears to wave goodbye to the Spurs fans after their final home game of the season, a 2-1 defeat by Aston Villa.
Kane’s interview with Gary Neville, recorded a few days earlier, is streamed on YouTube. He tells Neville he needed ‘a good, honest conversation with the chairman’ about his future.
After a poor start to Euro 2020, England captain Kane denies being distracted by reports that Manchester City, his preferred destination, have made a £100m offer to sign him.
Kane is said to have told guests at his brother’s wedding that he was set to join Pep Guardiola’s side.
He fails to report back for pre-season training at Spurs.
Kane says on Twitter that he ‘would never’ refuse to return to training and that his absence was ‘as planned’. City boss Guardiola tells reporters he wants to sign the striker. Levy values his star man at £150m.
Kane returns to Tottenham but has to quarantine from his team-mates after his summer holiday in the Bahamas.
Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo insists Kane is still in contention for the first game of the season against his suitors City.
Kane returns to training on his own and holds talks with Nuno for the first time.
Spurs beat City in the opening game of the season with Kane not included in the squad. After the match, Nuno says he expects him to stay at the club.
Kane trains with his Tottenham team-mates for the first time but accuses Levy of breaking promises in not allowing him to leave.
By James Sharpe
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