Harry Kane returned to Tottenham's training ground on Saturday; he will quarantine and train alone until Thursday; Spurs begin their Premier League campaign against Man City on Sunday, live on Sky Sports; City saw a £100m bid Kane rejected in June
Monday 9 August 2021 22:00, UK
Tottenham head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is planning a "socially distanced" discussion with Harry Kane on Monday as uncertainty surrounds the England captain's future ahead of the new Premier League season.
Kane returned to Hotspur Way on Saturday and is quarantining at the club's training ground hotel, The Lodge, until Thursday.
The striker denied that he refused to turn up to training last week, insisting his Saturday return was "planned".
Amid transfer interest from Manchester City, Nuno expects to have talks with Kane on Monday - just six days before Spurs kick-off their Premier League campaign against City, live on Sky Sports.
"Harry is with us. He has to quarantine at Spurs Lodge," Nuno said after Spurs' friendly win over Arsenal.
"He's training, he already had his first day with the sports scientists. He's with us, it's good.
"We expect to integrate Harry when he follows all the protocols we have to apply. We have to be very strict with the process of quarantine and not take any chances because everyone has learned the pandemic is still there, so we have to be very careful.
"I will speak with Harry as soon as possible. He is already at Spurs Lodge, we have a training session tomorrow [on Monday], hopefully I can speak with Harry socially distanced."
Manchester City signed Jack Grealish for a British record £100m last week, and they maintain an interest in Kane, having made an opening offer of the same amount at the end of June, which was rejected.
On Friday, City boss Pep Guardiola said it is up to Tottenham, who do not want to sell their star player, to negotiate with them over Kane.
"He (Kane) is a player for Tottenham Hotspur and if Tottenham don't want to negotiate, it is finished," said Guardiola.
"I think Man City and many clubs in the world want to try to sign him, we are not an exception, but it depends on Tottenham.
"It is different to Jack. He had the release [clause] and Jack is different. Harry is exceptional and we are interested in him but if Tottenham don't want to negotiate, nothing more to say."
Kane, valued at upwards of £120m, reiterated his desire to leave earlier this summer in search of major trophies and believes he has a gentleman's agreement with chairman Daniel Levy to depart Spurs in this transfer window.
In May, Levy said that he will act in the interests of the club concerning Kane's future and hinted a deal could be difficult to do for the forward who has three years remaining on his current contract.
Kane denies refusing to attend training last week, insisting his Saturday return was "planned" - while Spurs were aware of his intention to return at the weekend but were reportedly "disappointed" with his actions.
"If Harry Kane was meant to report to pre-season training with Tottenham on Monday [August 2], then he should've come back," said Neville. "You can never advocate any player not turning up for training - it's as simple as that.
"You've got to turn up and you've got to do your job. However, I've worked with Harry and I can't think of a more professional footballer that I've ever seen.
"They were on collision course already at the end of last season when Harry clearly felt something was happening and he's taken Daniel Levy on. Not many do it, and not many come out the other side, but it'll be interesting to see which clubs are involved.
"It looks like Manchester City, and they've clearly made a bid that's not enough for Spurs. Harry thinks it is enough while Daniel doesn't think it is. Hopefully they can come to a compromise but whether they do remains to be seen."
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