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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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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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Tottenham turn to ex-Man Utd transfer target to solve Nuno Espirito Santo’s major problem

Tottenham turn to ex-Man Utd transfer target to solve Nuno Espirito Santo's major problem

Tomiyasu may not be the only centre-back Nuno looks to bring in either, with the likes of Jules Kounde, Milan Skriniar and Jannik Vestergaard also on Tottenham’s radar.

Davinson Sanchez could well be on the move this summer, with the Colombian in line to be used as a makeweight for a deal to bring in Kounde from Sevilla.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Tottenham have reached an agreement for Kounde’s services which includes a €30million (£25.5m) fee and Sanchez going the other way in return.

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Tottenham chief Daniel Levy issues Nuno Espirito Santo with Harry Kane demand

Tottenham chief Daniel Levy issues Nuno Espirito Santo with Harry Kane demand

Tottenham chief Daniel Levy has reportedly told new head coach Nuno Espirito Santo he needs to build his new-look side around Harry Kane this summer, and that the forward will not be sold despite interest from Manchester City.

Kane continues to be linked with a move away from north London this summer.

The 27-year-old still has three years to run on his contract at Tottenham, but is believed to have told the club he wants out.

City are eager to sign him, with reports suggesting they’ve already tabled a bid in the region of £100million – with additional players included to keep the costs down.

However, Levy is adamant he won’t sell his star man, and is even more reluctant to sell to a Premier League rival.

Spurs are currently going through a rebuild following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, with Santo being officially unveiled as their new head coach last week.

And the new boss is said to have been given assurances that Kane will be a part of the squad for next season.

The Sun claims Levy has told Santo to build his team for next season around the England captain, and that Spurs have slapped an asking price of £150m on the forward.

Kane, who is currently away on international duty, is set to return to north London following the conclusion of England’s involvement in Euro 2020, and is set to discuss his plans with the club then.

Kane was asked earlier in the week about Santo’s appointment but was seemingly unwilling to give much away, instead choosing to shift the focus back on the national team.

He said: “Whenever a new manager comes in, I guess there’s a level of excitement around the club.

“Obviously I’ve not been there and not had any contact with him. I’m away with England now and my full focus is on here. Hopefully, we’ve got a week left.

“He’s a great manager and did a great job at Wolves and got them playing a really good way.”

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Tottenham chief Daniel Levy sets stance on Nuno becoming next Spurs boss after Wolves exit

Tottenham chief Daniel Levy sets stance on Nuno becoming next Spurs boss after Wolves exit
Tottenham will not pursue Nuno Espirito Santo although the Portuguese coach will leave Wolves at the end of the season. It was confirmed on Monday that the manager’s four-year Molineux stint will end after this weekend once Wolves conclude their Premier League campaign against Manchester United.
And the 47-year-old former Porto boss, who only signed a contract extension with Wolves to stay until 2023 back in September, has immediately been linked to Spurs.

The north London outfit are yet to name their permanent successor to Jose Mourinho who was sacked in April before the Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City.

Ryan Mason has been the temporary stand-in for Nuno’s countryman since then but the 29-year-old is not expected to get the job permanently.

Brighton’s Graham Potter and Erik ten Hag at Ajax, who recently signed a new deal of his own, are among the exciting attack-minded coaches on Spurs’ radar.

Julian Nagelsmann had been a high-profile target but the young German has confirmed he is leaving RB Leipzig to take over at Bayern Munich once this season ends.

Yet while Nuno has now become available and would be a hassle-free appointment, he is not in Spurs chairman Daniel Levy’s sights, per reports.

Football.london say the Wolves manager has never been looked at by the Londoners and that even though they are still yet to name Mourinho’s replacement, Nuno is still not in contention.

Nuno has been in charge of Wolves since 2017 and enjoyed huge success in the Midlands, taking them to the Championship title in 2017-18.

Named the LMA Manager of the Year that same season, Nuno went on to take Wolves to back-to-back seventh-placed finishes in England’s top flight.

The club are 12th going into Sunday’s 4pm clash with United but cannot finish any higher with rivals Aston Villa seven points ahead of them in 11th.

Under Nuno, Wolves also got to the quarter-final stage of the Europa League last season before losing to eventual winners Sevilla.
In a statement, Nuno said of his imminent Molineux exit: “Since the first day we arrived at Compton, our ambition was to make a positive change and push this football club forward, and I am proud to say that we did that every single day.

“We achieved our goals, we did it with passion and we did it together.”
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“We shall focus on the recruitment of a new head coach,” Levy said in a statement.

“We are acutely aware of the need to select someone whose values reflect those of our great club and return to playing football with the style for which we are known – free-flowing, attacking and entertaining – whilst continuing to embrace our desire to see young players flourish from our academy alongside experienced talent.”

Brighton boss Potter meanwhile says he has paid no attention to the speculation linking him with the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium job.

“I don’t pay too much attention to things that are outside of my control, things that get written, or speculation,” he said.

“I am focused on this job, trying to finish the season off as strongly as we can. I am excited by the team, I am excited by the club, so I just focus on that.

“It [the Tottenham job] is nothing I have considered. I have got a contract here. I am committed to this, we’ve got a lot to do, we’re just at the start of what we’re doing.”

Seventh-placed Spurs end their season against Leicester against Brendan Rodgers, another coach admired by Levy, at the King Power Stadium on Sunday. 

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Tottenham eye Nuno Espirito Santo as Jose Mourinho replacement – EXCLUSIVE

Tottenham eye Nuno Espirito Santo as Jose Mourinho replacement - EXCLUSIVE
Chairman Daniel Levy is a major fan of the charismatic Wolves manager, who led the club out of the Championship three years ago and has taken them to the Europa League quarter-finals and two seventh-placed Premier League finishes.
Nuno signed a new deal at Wolves in September tying him to the club until 2023 – but has been linked with a move to Arsenal.

The former Valencia and Porto coach, now 47, has seen his team dip in form this season as injuries have struck, but are currently lying twelfth in the Premier league table, safe from any relegation fears.

Mourinho is under mounting pressure at Tottenham, after Sunday’s 3-1 defeat by Manchester United left them lying six points outside the Champions League places – and three away from the Europa League qualification slots.

Spurs can still get into Europe if they lift the Carabao Cup by beating Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday week, but even then they would only be in the Uefa Europa Conference League – not regarded as a top-level competition.

But Mourinho could register his club’s first trophy since 2008.

Spurs have seven league games left – and qualification for Europe’s major competitions will have a major bearing on whether Levy decides to stick with Mourinho.

Wolves’ season has been badly hit by injuries, with top scorer Raul Jimenez’ fractured skull in November a huge blow to Nuno’s plans.

There were reports in January that a frustrated Nuno had instructed his agent Jorge Mendes – also Mourinho’s agent – to look for another club.

Mourinho’s contract still has two years to run and it would cost Spurs a considerable amount in compensation to sack the Portuguese – but that figure would reportedly drop if they fail to qualify for Europe.

Nuno also has two years left on his deal – and the compensation to Wolves would cost around £8 million.

Spurs have also been linked with Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers and former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.

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