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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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Solskjaer’s defiant Pogba transfer stance made clear in four words

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made his stance clear on a possible Paul Pogba transfer this summer by declaring “I enjoy managing him”.

Manchester United could have a decision to make if they are unable to persuade Pogba to sign a contract extension in the coming months, with his current deal due to enter its final year.

Failure to do so would likely force the club’s hand into selling the Frenchman, but Solskjaer has remained confident United can tie Pogba down for the long-term.

It was only back in December that Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, claimed his client’s time in Manchester was over and he needed a “change of air”.

But since then Pogba’s form has vastly improved and he seems a lot happier at Old Trafford, where Solskjaer appears to have little intentions of letting him go.

“No, of course not,” said Solskjaer when asked if he would cash-in on Pogba in the summer., as reports AS. “I have always said with Paul that I enjoy managing him, I enjoy coaching him, I enjoy talking to him and I also enjoy challenging him because he is a winner.

“He wants to be better and that’s why he listens. You can see he’s enjoying himself here as well. He has a smile on his face.”

Real Madrid and Juventus continue to be linked with Pogba’s signature but neither club appears to be in any position financially to launch a bid.

Moreover, Pogba himself has stressed in recent months he is committed to United’s cause, and with the team performing well again, may now be more inclined to stay put.

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He is thought to be settled in the area with his family, and certainly seems to have a great relationship with his manager, as Solskjaer was keen to point out further.

“It’s important we treat each other with respect and I try to treat everyone with the same amount of respect,” the United boss added.

“But there are some players you have known since they were young lads and that’s the case with Paul: the longer you have known them the easier it is to have a bond with them.”

United can go some way to satisfying Pogba’s ambition on Thursday by reaching the Europa League final. They have a 6-2 lead over Roma heading into the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico.

The club will now have to reschedule their Premier League fixture with Liverpool however, which was due to be played on Sunday, until mass fan protests outside Old Trafford forced officials into postponing the game.

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European Super League issues defiant statement despite 'Big Six' pulling out

European Super League officials have issued a defiant statement following the decision of the Premier League’s Big Six to pull out, insisting ‘football needs to change’.

Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham all announced on Tuesday night they were withdrawing from the controversial plans, amid a fierce backlash from across the football world.

The breakaway proposals appear to have been left in tatters, but now European Super League organisers have insisted they still want to see a new structure implemented.

The statement read: “The European Super League is convinced that the current status quo of European football needs to change.

“We are proposing a new European competition because the existing system does not work.

Football has united in fury following the announcement of Super League plans
Football has united in fury following the announcement of Super League plans

“Our proposal is aimed at allowing the sport to evolve while generating resources and stability for the full football pyramid, including helping to overcome the financial difficulties experienced by the entire football community as a result of the pandemic.
“It would also provide materially enhanced solidarity payments to all football stakeholders.
“Despite the announced departure of the English clubs, forced to take such decisions due to the pressure put on them, we are convinced our proposal is fully aligned with European law and regulations as was demonstrated today by a court decision to protect the Super League from third party actions.”

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‘I’m always in football’: Jose Mourinho films media on Instagram before issuing first defiant comments after Spurs sacking (VIDEO)

Jose Mourinho has hinted that he will return to football very soon as he gave brief comments to the media hours after the Portuguese boss was sacked from Tottenham Hotspur after 17 months in charge.

Mourinho was issued with his walking papers on Monday morning in the haze of a larger furore surrounding Tottenham’s involvement in the much-maligned European breakaway league, and just days before the London side chase their first silverware in 12 years when they take on Manchester City in Sunday’s League Cup final.

But if you thought his latest high profile exit from a Premier League team might signal the end of his time as a top level manager, think again.

Speaking to reporters outside of his home on Monday afternoon, Mourinho remained tight-lipped as to the specifics of his termination but affirmed that we haven’t seen the last of one of football’s most infamous characters.

You know me, you know I’m not going to say anything,” Mourinho told Sky Sports, but when probed he said that he doesn’t anticipate spending too long on the sidelines.

No need, no need for breaks and [recharging] batteriesI’m always in football.”

Shortly before his farewell interview, Mourinho had become perhaps the first manager ever to film the media as they crammed around his car awaiting his thoughts.

“They don’t give me privacy,” Mourinho explained on a video that amassed more than 1.3 million views within two hours, spinning around to show a gaggle of cameramen and journalists.

“Even my friend Gary [Cotterill, Sky journalist] is disturbing me. That’s my life.”

But the location of Mourinho’s next move will be a topic of hot debate. The Portuguese boss’ last three jobs in England – Chelsea, Manchester United and now Tottenham –could all be described as failures in a certain light, and it remains to be seen if he has exhausted his options in the English game.

Other leagues may present more attractive opportunities. Mourinho remains a legendary figure at Inter Milan for his Serie A and Champions League winning heroics over a decade ago, while LaLiga may also remain an option, with Real Madrid reportedly having considered once again installing Mourinho prior to Zinedine Zidane’s second spell in charge at the Santiago Bernebeu.

Mourinho has also expressed a desire to coach the Portuguese national team in the past, with Fernando Santos’ position in the role he has held since 2014 potentially under threat if the usual managerial merry-go-round takes place at the end of this summer’s European Championships.

One thing is for sure, though: Mourinho will remain one of the game’s most talked about bosses – regardless of whether he is sitting in a dugout or not.
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Lacazette's superb, defiant statement in face of Slavia Prague players

Alexandre Lacazette took a knee directly in front of the watching Slavia Prague players as he made a stand against racism before Arsenal’s Europa League quarter-final clash.

The Frenchman, who was the Gunners captain on the night in Prague, ensured that his gesture could be seen by the entire Slavia side before kick-off, with the rest of his Arsenal teammates taking a knee behind him.

The match is the first to take place after Slavia’s Ondrej Kudela was banned for 10 matches by UEFA after being found guilty of racially abusing Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara in a Europa League clash last month, although Kamara was also banned for three matches for “assaulting another player”.

UEFA’s statement said that they decided “to suspend SK Slavia Praha player, Ondrej Kudela, for the next 10 UEFA club and representative team competition matches for which he would otherwise be eligible to play, for racist behaviour.”

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Kamara said that Kudela called him “a f****** monkey” as they rowed during the last-16 match at Ibrox, which Slavia won to progress into their last eight meeting with Arsenal.

After the match Kamara told ITV “[Kudela] came over and said ‘you’re a monkey, you’re a f****** monkey and you know you are’. From there I reacted and said ‘he’s racist, he’s racist’.

“From there I had a lot of emotions going through my mind; angry, upset, I felt humiliated. All my family, friends, fans, whoever is watching, I felt like a little boy.

“I didn’t know how to feel to be honest, I was at a point where I was so angry I had tears in my eyes. I haven’t felt like that in God knows how long. It was a really weird feeling.

“For that to happen, from a so-called fellow professional, it’s crazy. It’s something you don’t expect in the game. Words can’t explain how I felt. Hopefully, I never have to feel that again. It was crazy really.”

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Andy Murray issues defiant response to retirement questions – 'Why should I stop?'

Instead, the 33-year-old admits it was watching Netflix film ‘The Social Dilemma’ which led him to deleting his profiles online.

“I don’t have Twitter on my phone and I deleted Instagram last week,” he said.

“Not because of that [the retirement comments]. You see those things on Instagram and social media if you’re on it, obviously, and if you have the app on your phone.

“But I’d watched a while ago that Social Dilemma movie.

“I thought it was brilliant and then a couple of days after my match last week, I watched an interview with all the people that were responsible for making that and I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m done.’”