The England captain has been the subject of intense scrutiny after failing to report back to Spurs for pre-season following his post-Euro 2020 break, with manager Nuno Espirito Santo revealing earlier this week that he had not even spoken to Kane.
But in a statement released online, Kane hit back at the criticism, insisting that he had not acted unprofessionally and will return to Tottenham on Saturday.
Harry Kane denied that he refused to return to Spurs training and will be back on Saturday
Pep Guardiola said a deal for Kane is dependent on Tottenham’s willingness to negotiate
Kane released a statement online saying he was ‘hurt’ by fans questioning his professionalism
‘While I won’t go into the specifics of the situation, I want to clarify that I would never, and have never, refused to train,’ Kane said.
‘I will be returning to the club tomorrow, as planned.’
Kane revealed his hurt at Spurs fans who have criticised his perceived poor behaviour in an effort to make his transfer to Manchester City happen.
He said that he would never do anything ‘jeopardise’ his relationship with the supporters who have ‘shown me total love and support’.
‘That’s why it hurts to read some of the comments that have been made this week, questioning my professionalism,’ Kane said, adding that he ‘wouldn’t do anything to jeopardise the relationship I have with the fans.’
Kane is in a standoff with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy (right) over a Manchester City move
Harry Kane statement in full
It’s almost 10 years since I made my Spurs debut. For every one of those years you – the fans – have shown me total love and support.
That’s why it hurts to read some of the comments that have been made this week, questioning my professionalism.
While I won’t go into the specifics of the situation, I want to clarify that I would never, and have never, refused to train. I will be returning to the club tomorrow, as planned.
I wouldn’t do anything to jeopardise the relationship I have with the fans who have given me such unwavering support during my time with the club. This has always been the case as it is today.
Several fans have vented their feelings online at Kane’s actions in delaying his return to Spurs
City boss Pep Guardiola made the unusual move of talking about his desire to sign Kane publicly on Friday.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has no intention of selling Kane – who still has three years left on his Spurs contract – for less than £150million, meaning City would have to break the British transfer record again just after signing Jack Grealish for £100m.
‘If Tottenham don’t want to negotiate, it’s finished,’ Guardiola said. ‘If they are open then all the clubs in the world will want to sign him.
‘It depends on Tottenham. Harry is an extraordinary striker. We are interested in him but if Tottenham don’t want to negotiate, nothing more to say.’
Guardiola insisted any Kane deal is ‘finished’ if Levy and Spurs don’t want to negotiate terms