Nuno Espirito Santo is edging closer to his first competitive match in charge at his new club Tottenham Hotspur.
The former Wolves boss was appointed as Jose Mourinho‘s successor earlier this summer, following the Portuguese coach’s departure from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in April.
The manager’s first test couldn’t be any trickier, with reigning Premier League champions Manchester City coming to north London on Sunday afternoon.
Spurs have been active in the summer transfer market as they look for a dramatic improvement from last season.
Three signings have been made by Fabio Paratici in the form of Pierluigi Gollini, Bryan Gil and Cristian Romero, but what continues to dominate the headlines is the future of Harry Kane.
Kane is understood to be frustrated at Spurs, and with Man City said to be interested, his future remains in serious doubt, but Tottenham are adamant their striker is not for sale this month.
The England captain had also been absent from Tottenham training, which only fuelled rumours regarding his future with the club. But the 28-year-old returned to training on Saturday at Hotspur Way, just eight days before the new season gets underway.
His Spurs team-mate Son Heung-min has been talking about the mood in the Tottenham camp ahead of the season opener, amid the ongoing Kane speculation.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Son said: “Everybody should be ready for every game, that is so important.
“There is a chance every game, we know how important that is. If you’re not focused, if you’re not ready, then every game we are going to struggle.
“That is why, in the pre-season, we are working really hard to try and make it as easy as possible for the coming season.
“We want to focus game by game to try and win the games and we will see when we arrive what we can achieve.”
Son also spoke about Espirito Santo and the impact he’s had on the changing room since being appointed Spurs boss in July.
“I’ve really enjoyed [it]. It’s been maybe two or three weeks with the new manager, but I have a really good, positive feeling,” the 29-year-old said.
“I hope we can help the manager and the manager can help us so we can have a close side. I think we are looking positive, he looks positive.
“I think if we have a positive feeling in the changing room and on the pitch, that’s so important.
“Sometimes we forget this feeling but I think we have this positive feeling at the moment.”
The South Korea international, who recently signed a new long-term contract with Spurs, predicted that “big things” are to come from him and his team-mates, as his side prepare for the clash with Manchester City.
“I had a couple of years left [on the current contract], and they showed how much they love me,” Son added.
“It was already a big honour playing six years here and they’ve given me so much and I want to give them so much back.
“I’m grateful to be here, to honour, to play with this club and another four years – I think we can achieve big things.”
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