Tottenham star Harry Kane has reportedly reiterated his desire to leave the club this summer and urged chairman Daniel Levy to live up to his promise to allow him to join Manchester City.
The 28-year-old was left out of the squad for their Premier League opener against the champions, with manager Nuno Espirito Santo citing a lack of fitness as the reason behind his absence.
Despite missing Kane, Spurs produced an impressive performance without their talisman, with Heung-min Son’s strike sealing an impressive 1-0 win on Nuno’s first competitive game in the dugout.
But the next two weeks will be crucial in deciding Kane’s future after he laid down in no uncertain terms his dissatisfaction with Levy’s handling of his future.
The Telegraph report that the pair engaged in a discussion after Kane had grown increasingly frustrated that he has not been granted his wish to leave the club.
It is understood Manchester City have offered £125million to land Kane in a deal which would break the British transfer record for the second time this summer.
The club have already landed his international team-mate Jack Grealish in a £100m deal this summer after the midfielder had a clause inserted into his contract.
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But according to the report, Levy is refusing to entertain any offers for the England international and will not discuss a sale.
Kane is apparently furious that Spurs have failed to live up to their ‘gentleman’s agreement’, which would have allowed him to head for the exit if the club underachieved in during the 2020-21 season.
The report adds that the two clubs have been in discussions for more than a year, but as it stands there are no negotiations to bring Kane to the Etihad Stadium.
However, City are expected to make a last-ditch attempt to convince their Premier League rivals to sell before the transfer deadline on August 31.
Kane scored 23 goals and registered 11 assists for the north London club, but after the sacking of Jose Mourinho, Spurs lost in the Carabao Cup final and finished seventh in the Premier League.
However, he has come under fire from Spurs fans who believe he has betrayed them by pushing to leave the club this summer.
Kane’s one-week absence from training was understood to have been approved by Levy after returning from holiday to quarantine.
But reports linking him to Man City at the time resulted in fans bombarding the striker with abuse over his attempts to force through a transfer by not turning up for training.
Kane is now back with the squad after completing his period of self-isolation.
He has been named in Spurs’ 25-man squad for the Europa Conference tie against Pacos de Ferreira but is not expected to play any part as he continues to build up his fitness.
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It is thought that he will not hand in a transfer request due to his history with the club and will continue to make himself available should the move fail to go through before the transfer deadline.
But the frontman’s desire to leave has been known for a long time after Spurs’ failure to end their 13-year wait for trophies.
It remains to be seen whether Spurs would entertain a transfer so late in the transfer window, but reports in Italy linking the club with Fiorentina's £60m-rated striker Dusan Vlahovic suggests they may have a contingency plan.
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