Gary Neville says Harry Kane is already “gone” from Tottenham.
There has been intense speculation over Kane moving from Spurs to Manchester City this summer, with Pep Guardiola’s side offering various players in part-exchange for the striker.
Amid that transfer furore, the Premier League season has started and Son Heung-min secured victory for a Kane-less Spurs against City on Sunday.
The England captain was reportedly deemed not ready by Nuno Espirito Santo having been back training for a significantly shorter period than his teammates.
It was suggested he had refused to return to training, but Kane took to social media to refute that claim.
It was quite the statement from Spurs, who were without their star man against the reigning champions, but Neville took a moment to reflect on Kane’s absence from the stadium on Sunday, seeing it as a key indicator as to where his future lies.
Neville said: “I just read into the fact that because he was not involved today, every other England player that has been part of the Euros I believe has been involved this weekend, whether it was from the bench or in the squad.
“Harry Kane would be here today.”
“I feel if there was no doubt over his future, I took into it that he has gone.
“Him not being visible in the stadium, a prominent player, the most prominent Tottenham player, first game of the season not visible in this stadium, we have a lot of cameras and I bet they were searching for him everywhere and to not see him today is a surprise.”
The Spurs fans made their feelings known on the Kane debacle throughout the game.
First they belted out a chorus of “Japhet Tanganga, he’s one of our own” – a song usually reserved for Kane himself, before ending the game with “Are you watching Harry Kane?”.
City have reportedly already had one bid of around £100million rejected by Spurs for Kane, with Daniel Levy digging his heels in.
But they’re expected to be readying a £127million offer to test the resolve of the Tottenham chairman.