Tottenham Hotspur head coach Nuno Espírito Santo remains silent on Harry Kane’s selection to play.
Kane is heavily linked with an exit from Spurs, with Manchester City the frontrunners to sign him. However, the North London club hasn’t approved of the transfer yet, so there is uncertainty surrounding all parties.
Although Kane returned to training, Nuno excluded the Golden Boot winner from the team that beat City 1-0 on the opening day of the Premier League. Kane also did not travel with the squad to Portugal for their Europa Conference League match against Paços de Ferreira.
Nuno spoke about the situation, and asserted that the selection depends on his fitness and mental state.
“What we must be sure of is that when we decide to put a player on the pitch, we have to consider all of the aspects,” Nuno said, as reported by the Guardian.
“The fitness, the mental aspects. We are here to support all of the players equally. Harry, of course, has all of our support. His fitness is getting better each day. He worked today, he is going to work tomorrow and he is going to join the group on Friday. On Saturday we will make the decision on who is going to be involved in the next (Premier League) game.”
“We don’t really pay much attention to what is being said on the outside regarding the situation of Harry. Harry is our player, one of the best players in the world and we are very lucky to have him.”
Nuno also spoke about the Europa Conference league game, and said that no player who played against City will play that game. He is expected to play a youthful XI, with highly-rated prospect Dane Scarlett leading the attack.
“We have big, big expectations regarding Dane because he did so well in pre-season,” Nuno said.
“He is a young talent that we want to develop. We want to make him better, we want to make him grow. There is a lot of potential there.”