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Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo confirms transfer plans as Harry Kane future uncertain

Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo confirms transfer plans as Harry Kane future uncertain

“Anything can happen in football and everything can happen so fast,” claimed the Tottenham manager. 

“This transfer window is difficult because of the Euros and what happened in the pandemic – and the struggles the clubs have had from this. 

“This has delayed things but, as a club, we’re aware of it and working on a daily basis. We have to be ready for whatever happens and to react, if necessary. 

“To improve our squad is not such an easy job. We have to be really accurate and clinical with what we bring in.” 

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta makes transfer declaration as Gunners close in on two more deals

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta makes transfer declaration as Gunners close in on two more deals

Italy midfielder Manuel Locatelli is also on the club’s radar, with Granit Xhaka likely to leave for Roma.

Meanwhile, Arteta was impressed with the first sighting of Tavares in an Arsenal shirt on Saturday.

Tavares took his goal calmly with his weak foot to equalise in the first half.

“A great debut with his right foot as well!” Arteta reflected.

“He’s only been with us a few days but you can already see his qualities, his physicality and then the quality on the ball that he has.

“He’s integrating with the lads really well, so it’s a good start.”

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Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo makes bold declaration in first press conference

Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo makes bold declaration in first press conference

Nuno Espirito Santo used his first press conference to promise Spurs fans a team they could be proud of. He also vowed to them that Harry Kane would be a part of it.

What he was short on was detail on how all this would be achieved.

“What we want is to make our fans proud, to make them enjoy their players, love their players, this is our focus, let’s make our fans proud, to create a good atmosphere, help the players throughout the season and every moment,” Santo said.

“I think they will enjoy.

“This is what I am telling the players, ‘Let’s enjoy ourselves’. 

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In a separate un-broadcast briefing, the Spurs talisman may not be at all surprised to learn that three times Santo refused to say whether Kane remaining at the club had actually been promised to him by chairman Daniel Levy as Manchester City plot to buy him.

Right now, Tottenham are a club lurching around trying to appease its fans while making fundamental mistakes in the direction they are taken.

The greedy decision to dispense with Mauricio Pochettino to try to get some sort of guarantee of success under Mourinho backfired spectacularly, then when they had a fleeting chance of some long-awaited silverware at least they sacked him without any plan for a replacement.

A hapless search for a new boss which turned its nose up at Santo initially scuffled down blind alley after blind alley, in the midst of which Levy was busy flirting with the big boys and signing up the European Super League.

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Now the agreed stance seems to be to ignore all that has happened.

“I cannot speak about what happened,” Santo said. “What I can tell you: I am so proud.

“The moment I had the phone call that I had a chance to have a meeting with Tottenham, everything changed. Everything in my perspective changed. I am where I wanted to be.”

Kane’s future remains the hot topic among Spurs fans, and Santo insisted that the club’s talismanic striker would remain at the club next season, even though he had not yet spoken to him personally.

However, Santo refused to say if Daniel Levy had made him any promises about the England captain’s future.

Unsurprisingly Kane, who has hinted all summer about the need to win trophies, was the main topic of conversation during the presser, and Santo was emphatic in his response.

“Harry is our player, period,” he said. “No need to talk about anything else.

“He has a hard job to do, totally committed to the national team, obviously, so this is why I decided not to speak to any of them.

”I will speak when they arrive. This is the right moment – in our own building, face to face, sitting down and to prepare our future together.”

The one thing Santo did say for certain was that club legend Gareth Bale would not be joining up for another spell on loan.

“He will not be part of our squad,” Santo said.

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Tottenham boss Nuno sends defiant Harry Kane transfer message to Man City – ‘Our player’

Tottenham boss Nuno sends defiant Harry Kane transfer message to Man City - 'Our player'

Tottenham Hotspur manager Nuno Espirito Santo is determined to keep hold of Harry Kane. The new Spurs boss was asked about Kane’s future in his first press-conference and said Kane is “our player”.

Kane revealed earlier this summer that he is keen to leave Tottenham in search of silverware.

But his new coach has no intention of allowing Kane to leave, despite reported interest from Manchester City, Man Utd and Chelsea.

“Harry is our player. Period,” Nuno said on Friday. “There is no need to talk about anything else. Now is the time for him to recover his energy. When he comes again we will have time to have a good conversation.

“Now he must prepare for what is coming, I am looking forward to him joining the group.

“I’m excited to work with all the players. It is best to work with the best players around and Harry is one of those.”

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The 47-year-old coach was not known as the most attacking of managers during his tenure at Wolves.

But, amidst fears from the Tottenham supporters that they could be in for another season of tough-to-watch football after Jose Mourinho’s disappointing campaign last time out, the Portuguese coach has promised to entertain.

“What we want is to make our fans proud, to get them to enjoy their team and their players,” he said.

“We will create a good atmosphere and help the players in every moment. Our football must reflect what we are doing. I am totally positive the fans are going to love it.”

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Spurs begin their first campaign under Espirito Santo with a tricky opening-weekend against defending Premier League champions Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola’s side will visit the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the prime Sunday afternoon kick-off on 15 August, where Kane is expected to line up against his biggest suitors.

Spurs will also play in the inaugural Uefa Europa Conference League this season, a competition that the new manager is expected to use as a chance to bed in some of the club’s promising young players.

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England boss Gareth Southgate condemns racist abuse of Saka, Rashford and Sancho

England boss Gareth Southgate condemns racist abuse of Saka, Rashford and Sancho

Gareth Southgate describes the racist abuse suffered by England’s attacking trio Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho as “unforgivable” following their missed penalties in the Euro 2020 final last night. The three forwards were brave enough to step up and take a spot-kick but failed to score as Italy were crowned champions.

The Manchester United duo were summoned from the bench for the penalty shootout but failed to dispatch with the stakes high.

Rashford saw his penalty hit the post before Gianluigi Donnarumma denied Sancho after diving to his left.

Arsenal youngster Saka also saw his penalty saved after Jordan Pickford saved Jorginho’s tame effort to hand England a lifeline.

All three players were sent monkey emojis on social media following the penalty shootout with nobody being held accountable, once again.

Now Southgate has defended his players and highlighted how proud he is of their efforts.

“I’m not totally across everything but my first thoughts this morning are with the boys that have done so well for us. The players have had such a great togetherness and spirit and brought our country together,” he said.

“For some of them to be abused is unforgivable. Some of it has come from abroad, we have been told this, but some of it is from this country. We have been a beacon of light to bring people together and the national team stands for everybody.

“We felt the energy and positivity from the fans and i’m incredibly proud of that.”

England boss Gareth Southgate must do two things before Italy match – Jose Mourinho

England boss Gareth Southgate must do two things before Italy match - Jose Mourinho

“It was a big decision for England to stick with Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice — a very strong statement which said, ‘We are not here to entertain, we are not here to be an amazing football team’.

“It’s a big lesson for some people who think the most important thing in football is to be beautiful. In the end, we realise what this country wants most is to win the Euros.

“If everyone was expecting Rice to start, it was not even 100 per cent sure that Phillips would be in the squad. But he has become fundamental to England.

“Then, Jordan Henderson shows what a captain is. A captain of Liverpool, he does not need an armband to be a captain for England. He’s there to come on when the team needs fresh legs and stability.

“It’s not easy to stop Italy playing but it’s easier to stop them creating, by being compact, having a lower defensive block.

“What is difficult is to control possession. If Jorginho is playing for Chelsea and your No 10 presses him, it’s difficult for them.

Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has three concerns with Eduardo Camavinga transfer chase

Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has three concerns with Eduardo Camavinga transfer chase

Paris preference

Despite Camavinga’s willingness to join United, reports have stated that his preference is to remain in France.

With Paris Saint-Germain one of Europe’s heavyweights interested in his services, they could be United’s main threat.

PSG’s interest will likely lead to the Red Devils being aggressive in their pursuit and filing a bid early to force other suitors to act.

This is a deal that looks pretty plausible, but Solskjaer has anything but a clear path to secure his man.

Expect movement on United’s interest in Camavinga in the near future as the club look to steal a march on their rivals.

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England boss Gareth Southgate 'issues orders over national anthem’ ahead of Germany game

England boss Gareth Southgate 'issues orders over national anthem’ ahead of Germany game

England boss Gareth Southgate has ordered his players sing the national anthem with gusto when they lock horns with Germany on Tuesday, reports claim. The Three Lions go into the match hoping to make the quarter-finals of the competition. And, if they do, a match against either Ukraine or Sweden awaits.

It’s been a slow start from England at Euro 2020.

They’ve won two of their opening three matches 1-0, against Croatia and Czech Republic respectively, and drew with Scotland in between.

England will face off against Germany looking to put their rivals to the sword, with the Three Lions fully aware of how difficult the match could be.

And The Sun claim Southgate has called on his players to sing the national anthem with everything they’ve got to get Wembley going, with the 50-year-old also wanting his coaching and backroom staff to do the same.

A source is quoted as saying: “In previous tournaments, players have been seen half-heartedly mumbling the lyrics — some even remaining closed-mouthed.

“Gareth is hugely patriotic and feels it’s essential that players foster a sense of national pride by learning and singing the words.

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“He sat the players down before the tournament and explained cameras would be on them the whole time and that it was essential to show fans just what it means to pull on an England shirt.

“If the players sing, it inspires the crowd and those watching at home.”

The source also added: “There has been some ribbing for the more tone-deaf players but it’s been great for team spirit.”

England have lost to Germany in their last three meetings at major tournaments, in 1990, 1996 and 2010.

But there’s a sense Southgate’s side could be too strong for Joachim Low’s team, who have been inconsistent in the tournament so far.

The 2014 World Cup winners lost to France in their opening match, with Mats Hummels’ own goal consigning them to defeat.

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They did sparkle against Portugal, claiming a 4-2 victory despite Cristiano Ronaldo previously threatening to steal the show.

Yet Germany were fortunate to get a point against Hungary, who came precariously close to knocking them out of the competition and going through instead.

Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp thinks England have a brilliant chance of going through, labelling this current Germany team as ‘bang average’.

“I haven’t said this too often in the past but nothing about Germany scares me and I’m delighted we’re playing them,” he wrote.

“None of us need telling how they’ve broken English hearts more than once over the years. But this time I honestly believe they are there for the taking.

“It’s a great, great draw because I think both France and Portugal would have given us a far bigger test.

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“Didi Hamann is far better placed than me to comment on German football and he insists this is their worst national team he’s ever seen.

“In fact before the Euros, he didn’t think they would even get out of the group.

“Well, they might have managed that — eventually — but they are bang average. In the first game they were well beaten. There might have only been one goal in it but France had a couple disallowed and weren’t exactly struggling to hang on.

“I know Germany beat Portugal in the second game but we saw how they struggled against a quick counter-attack.

“Then they couldn’t beat Hungary in Munich, so there’s not been much to frighten Gareth Southgate.

“When you’re a manager, there are certain games when you think “this is perfect for us” and this is one of them.

“Everyone will want England to win — probably even most of the neutrals, too — and for once we are right to have every confidence that we will.

“And the best way is for us to have a go, to be positive and get at them.

“We’ve had a couple of 1-0s but we have the players who can open them up, so let’s do it.

“Mats Hummels has been a marvellous defender over the years but he’s had his day and Harry Kane should be licking his lips.

“Harry might not have been at his best so far but you can bet your life he’ll score — and once he does, he’ll go on a run.

“The thing is, we’re winning games and the best player has not been great, so that shows what a chance we have when he does come good.

“And that, believe me, is only a matter of time.”

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England boss Gareth Southgate to get new contract – even if Germany win Euro 2020 clash

England boss Gareth Southgate to get new contract - even if Germany win Euro 2020 clash

Gareth Southgate is set to be offered a contract extension beyond the next World Cup – whatever happens against Germany on Tuesday. The FA intend to open talks after the Euros and tie down the England manager through to the 2024 tournament in Germany regardless of how the last-16 showdown at Wembley pans out.

“Gareth knows exactly how we feel about him. He knows that we think he’s doing a great job and we’d like him to carry on. We would love him to carry on, for sure, beyond this contract,” said FA chief executive Mark Bullingham on Friday.

“Our support is unwavering. We are 100 per cent behind Gareth. Regardless of Tuesday, regardless of the group stage of the tournament we would have wanted him to carry on.

“I think on the basis of everything we’ve seen so far he’s doing a great job and we’d like him to carry on doing that.

“We’ll get into that formal conversation after this tournament.

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“This tournament being delayed was challenging in many ways but it reduces the gap not only to the next tournament but then you look at Germany after that it’s only 18 months after that I think it’s going to be a really exciting three years coming up.”

Southgate, 50, took over as caretaker manager in 2016 when Sam Allardyce was sacked after just one game in charge.

The appointment was made permanent in November of that year and he signed a contract extension in 2018 that extends through to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Pre-Euros, Southgate felt that his success three years ago when England reached the semi-finals of the World Cup had put pressure on his side to produce this summer.

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“That’s the challenge. I’ve got to try to manage the expectations for the players. I accept the situation as a manager there’s expectation, I have to deliver.

“We have to deliver as a group of staff, it’s not about me in terms of if we can be successful. Of course it’s about me if we fail, so no problem that’s the gig.

“But for the players I’ve still got to bear in mind, they are young group. They have still got a lot of progression to make some are now learning to win things they’ve been involved in big matches, it’s brilliant for their progress and for the opportunities for him. That’s what we want.

“Are we ready to win? Well, we’ve been to two semi-finals [of the World Cup and the Nations League] so the next step is to try to go further.”

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England boss Gareth Southgate has three players who need dropping after flat Scotland draw

England boss Gareth Southgate has three players who need dropping after flat Scotland draw

England are back to being England again. This was meant to be the year football came home but, after drawing with Scotland on Friday night, the country is back to being in a state of despair. So Express Sport will now take a look at three players who need dropping after the dire result, with Gareth Southgate now preparing for Tuesday’s showdown with the Czech Republic.

Harry Kane

Let’s start with the obvious.

Harry Kane was meant to be England’s saviour, the player to propel them to Euro 2020 glory after sparkling for Tottenham last term.

But, after two matches in the competition so far, the Spurs hitman looks a shadow of his usual self.

Kane was abysmal against Scotland on Friday night, managing just 19 touches, a 63 per cent pass completion rate and no shots on target.

And it spoke volumes about his display that, with England needing a goal, Southgate hooked him instead – bringing on Marcus Rashford in his place.

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Mason Mount

Mason Mount is a talent.

But he’s failed to bring his Chelsea form to the international stage at Euro 2020, producing two anonymous performances in the competition so far.

Mount should, therefore, be used off the bench instead.

The Chelsea star has the potential to shine there and, by dropping him, it would allow Southgate to bring Jack Grealish into the fold.

Grealish was unable to break Scotland down after his introduction but did, at least, pose a threat. Which was more that can be said for Mount, who remains quality – but in need of a rest.

Southgate defends cautious approach

Speaking after the game, England boss Gareth Southgate defended his side’s cautious approach against Scotland.

“It feels difficult in the last 15 minutes of a game like tonight where fans are desperate for you to go forward and abandon shape, because it’s Scotland, it feels like a unique occasion, but we have to still approach it that a point is still an important step towards qualification, which ultimately is the first objective for us,” said Southgate.

“I think in those moments, if we had to chase to win with no consequence for conceding, you might approach it differently; but all the time, it’s a night where it was a bit frantic, it wasn’t a game with a huge amount of control, and you have to make sure that sitting on three points as we were, you manage the tournament as well as the game.

“It’s easy to gamble towards the end, and lose shape, and then end up losing the game in the last five minutes, then you’re kicking yourself for not managing the tournament. I understand we’re at Wembley, we wanted to win, but in the context of the tournament qualification is the most important thing.

“It’s a game where we didn’t hit the levels we wanted to, or need to, and have to accept whatever comes our way, I’ll have to accept whatever comes my way, I totally understand that, but what we need to do is make sure we get behind the players.

“There’s a lot of young players who need the support of everybody – most of them haven’t been involved in a game like that before, they’ll learn a lot and bounce back from it, but they need everybody behind them.”

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