Harry Kane has denied refusing to train at Tottenham and said he would report to the club on Saturday “as scheduled”.
Spurs had expected Kane to return from an extended hiatus after the European Championship on Monday morning, but he did not show up, amid speculation about his future and Manchester City’s interest.
The club were extremely disappointed with Kane’s decision, but the England captain, who vacationed in the Bahamas and Florida, insists he never “refused to train”, while adding that he would not go into “the details of the situation”.
In a statement posted to social media, Kane said he was hurt by comments from supporters questioning his professionalism and said he would do nothing to jeopardize his relationship with Spurs fans.
“It’s been almost ten years since I made my debut for Spurs. For each of these years, you – the fans – have shown me total love and support, ”the statement read.
“That’s why it hurts to read some of the comments this week, questioning my professionalism.
“Although I won’t go into the details of the situation, I want to make it clear that I never would and never refused to train. I will go back to the club tomorrow [Saturday, August 7], as expected.
“I would not do anything to compromise the relationship with the fans who have given me unwavering support during my time at the club. This has always been the case as it is today. Harry. “
Despite Kane’s belief that the situation has been exaggerated, Spurs have no choice but to fine him for breach of contract if he does not show up on time.
Having traveled from Florida, Kane is expected to self-isolate on his return to the UK, although he could potentially do so at Player Lodge in Hotspur Way, the club’s training base in Enfield.
Under UK coronavirus travel restrictions, he could not train with his teammates until the middle of next week, when he could end isolation on the test-to program -release from day 5.
Kane is desperate to get out of Spurs to join City this summer, but Spurs insist he is not for sale and are particularly reluctant to allow him to join a Premier League rival.
“He’s playing for Tottenham Hotspur,” Guardiola said.
“If Tottenham doesn’t want to negotiate, it’s over. If they are open to negotiation, not just at Man City, all the top clubs will try to sign him. It’s different from Jack [Grealish] – Jack had a release clause.
“Harry Kane is an exceptional and extraordinary forward without a doubt. We’re interested but he’s a Tottenham player. If they don’t want to sell, they don’t, if they want to, we can try.
“I think we should discuss internally among ourselves and try to avoid any kind of public argument or discussion about it,” Nuno said.
“We have to focus on what is important. We must resolve the situation, but first among ourselves.
“I plan to speak with Harry soon and haven’t had a chance yet. “