- Title: New Spurs boss Nuno says Kane is 'our player, period'
- Date: 16th July 2021
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (JULY 16, 2021) (REUTERS) NEW TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR MANAGER NUNO ESPIRITO SANTO ENTERING PRESS CONFERENCE WHITE FLASH (SOUNDBITE) (English) NUNO ESPIRITO SANTO SPEAKING ABOUT HARRY KANE'S FUTURE AT THE CLUB, SAYING: "Look, Harry's our player. Period. No need to talk about anything else. Now is the moment for Harry to recover his energy, to rest. And when Harry comes again we have time to speak, to have good conversations, but like I say, now is the moment for Harry to rest, to prepare for what's coming. And I'm looking forward for him to join the group and start working together." WHITE FLASH (SOUNDBITE) (English) NUNO ESPIRITO SANTO SPEAKING ABOUT HARRY KANE'S FUTURE AT THE CLUB, SAYING: "I have no doubts in my mind. You know what I mean. I have no doubts. 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 has to commit themselves to become better and we are very ambitious. We are ambitious people. We want to do it well and we count on Harry on that." WHITE FLASH (SOUNDBITE) (English) NUNO ESPIRITO SANTO SPEAKING ABOUT WHAT WORK IS BEING DONE TO IMPROVE TOTTENHAM'S PERFORMANCE AFTER GOING FROM 2019 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL TO FINISHING 7TH IN PREMIER LEAGUE, SAYING: "We've been talking, me, Fabio [Paratici], Steve [Hitchen], we are aware that there's a lot of work to be done. But at the same time it's hard work because to improve our squad, the quality that we have, the talent that we have, it's not easy and we have to find the right players that can join us and help us. But it's been good work on a daily basis, each day we have a moment to speak, to share opinions, me, Fabio, Steve. They do their job, look at the market. I do my job, training ground. And we get together ideas and try to find the best decisions. But like I say to improve our squad is not easy." WHITE FLASH (SOUNDBITE) (English) NUNO ESPIRITO SANTO SPEAKING ABOUT SETTLING INTO THE CLUB, SAYING: "It's been great, it's been great since we arrived. And hard work, like you say, hard work, it's all about preseason, trying to commit everybody that we have to work really hard and the boys are being great, fantastic, the attitude, the commitment, and, delighted to be here."
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- Keywords: Harry Kane Nuno Espirito Santo Tottenham manager
- Location: LONODN, ENGLAND, UK
- City: LONODN, ENGLAND, UK
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Europe,Soccer,Sport
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- Story Text:EDITOR'S NOTE: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS WHITE FLASHES
New Tottenham Hotspur manager Nuno Espirito Santo fired a hands-off warning to clubs interested in signing Harry Kane, saying on Friday (July 16) the England striker was crucial to the Premier League club's ambitions next season.
Reports in May said Kane, who has a contract with the north London club until 2024, had informed Spurs of his desire to leave this summer after another trophy-less campaign.
Tottenham, who were top of the table in December, finished seventh last season after Jose Mourinho was sacked. Former Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Nuno was hired last month after a number of candidates were linked with the job.
"Harry is our player, period. No need to talk about anything else," Nuno said at his first news conference.
"Now is the time for Harry to recover his energy and rest (after the European Championship). When he returns is the time to talk, he needs to prepare for what's to come."
Kane scored four goals at Euro 2020 to help England reach the final where they lost on penalties to Italy.
"I have no doubts in my mind... When he arrives (back) he will feel that everyone of us has to commit ourselves to become better. We are very ambitious, we are ambitious people and we want to do it well and no doubts on Harry on that," added Nuno.
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