Nuno Espirito Santo insists Harry Kane is very much part of his plans as he aims to propel Tottenham back into the Champions League.
Nuno was appointed by Spurs in June, replacing Ryan Mason, who had been interim charge since Jose Mourinho’s dismissal in April.
Paulo Fonseca and Gennaro Gattuso were among the coaches who had been in talks with Tottenham prior to Nuno’s appointment, with the former Wolves boss having previously been close to joining Crystal Palace and then Everton.
One of Nuno’s first tasks will be helping to convince star man Kane, fresh from his run to the Euro 2020 final with England, to stay put.
Kane disclosed in May that he was open to moving away from Tottenham, with reports claiming he is hoping to sign for Manchester City, who have held discussions with Spurs – rumours of a £100million bid, which included potential player swaps, surfaced last month.
However, Nuno is adamant Kane will remain a Spurs player.
“Harry’s our player. Period. No need to talk about anything else,” he said in his first news conference as Tottenham boss.
“Now is the moment for him to recover his energy and rest. Then we can speak. I am looking forward to him joining the group.
“I have no doubts in my mind. What I wish is for Harry to recover well, to have a good rest and when he arrives he will feel that every one of us needs to commit themselves to become better.
“We are very ambitious people. We want to do it well. We count on Harry on that.
“I am excited to work with all the players. Harry is one of the best players in the world. That is all I need to say.”
Kane failed to register a single touch in the penalty area during England’s defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 final, though he had netted four goals in the knockout stage to equal Gary Lineker as the country’s leading goalscorer in major tournaments with 10.
The 27-year-old finished as the leading scorer (23) and leading assister (14) in the Premier League last term but could only help Spurs to a disappointing seventh-placed finish.
While Kane’s future remains up in the air, Spurs may also be facing something of a reshuffle elsewhere in their squad.
Toby Alderweireld has reportedly asked to leave, while Lucas Moura, Davinson Sanchez, Serge Aurier and Erik Lamela could all be sold.
“A lot of work to be done. Improving this squad is not easy because of the quality we have,” Nuno said when asked about incoming transfers.
“We [the coaches] have opinions and ideas. We do our job and try to find the best decisions.”