Harry Kane has described new Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo as a ‘great manager’ while admitting he feels ‘loved’ by the club following comments by new football director Fabio Paratici.
Kane’s future looks like one that is set to dominate the headlines this summer, the Spurs striker having told the club of his desire to leave the club in search of silverware ahead of a second successive season outside the Champions League.
Manchester City are thought to be the favourites for his signature, while Man Utd and Chelsea have also been linked, though with three years left on his contract in North London, Daniel Levy is expected to drive a hard bargain with any potential suitors, with any deal expected to be valued north of £100 million.
Aside from the uncertainty surrounding their star striker, Spurs have also endured somewhat of a circus in recent months regarding their hunt for a new manager, a whole host of names being strongly linked, only for talks to persistently break down.
They finally announced the appointment of former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo last week, and speaking ahead of England’s semi-final against Denmark on Wednesday, Kane has revealed he hasn’t had any contact with his new boss, but did praise him for getting Wolves playing a ‘really good’ brand of football
“Whenever a new manager comes in, I guess there’s a level of excitement around the club,” he told talkSPORT. “Obviously, I’ve not been there and not had any contact with him.
“I’m away with England now and my full focus is on here. Hopefully, we’ve got a week left [in the competition].
“He’s a great manager and did a great job at Wolves and got them playing a really good way.
“Let’s get back and I’m sure we’ll be in contact after the tournament.”
Spurs new director of football Fabio Paratici spoke glowingly about Kane over the weekend, telling Sky Sports Italy that he was determined to keep Kane at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, and the striker – perhaps with an acceptance that he may be denied a move this summer – admits the Italian’s comments are ‘nice to hear’.
“Of course as a player you want to be wanted, you want to feel like you’re loved, which I do.
Fabio Paratici: "I've seen a lot of strikers, from Ronaldo, Morata, Higuain, Tevez. Kane is one of the best strikers in the world. He shoots with both feet, makes many assists in addition to goals. A team player and finisher: he is among the top three in the world." [Di Marzio] pic.twitter.com/VDNNmaSXBm
— The Spurs Web ⚪️ (@thespursweb) July 4, 2021
“I haven’t had the chance to talk to any of these people yet. I’m sure we’ll get to know each other after the tournament, have a phone call or two once I get a week or two of holiday.
“To get praise from big people from football is great, it gives you confidence, it gives you motivation so of course it’s nice to hear.”
While Kane has netted three goals in his last two outings at the Euros, his somewhat underwhelming and uninspiring performances in the group stages came under fire from a number of directions.
One person who did however continue to speak highly of the England talisman was former Spurs boss, Jose Mourinho, and Kane revealed that the new Roma manager has kept in contact throughout the tournament.
“He’s great, he’s been texting me as well,” he said. “It’s common knowledge we have a great relationship and got on really well.
“I really respect him as a manager and person. I wish him all the best at Roma. It is great to have one of the best managers in the world on your side.
“I will always respect him and hopefully be in contact with him for the rest of my career.”