Tottenham star admits squad feel ‘anxious’ about Kane future

Jason Soutar
Lucas Moura and Harry Kane

Tottenham Hotspur winger Lucas Moura has admitted the squad is feeling “anxious” about speculation surrounding Harry Kane’s future.

Kane has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester City all summer and reportedly wants to leave the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The England captain has not played for Spurs so far this season and is currently regaining his fitness in training before manager Nuno Espirito Santo selects him for a matchday squad.

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Before the north Londoners’ 1-0 loss to Pacos de Ferreira on Thursday, the Portuguese was asked if Kane will feature on Sunday as Spurs travel to Molineux to face Nuno’s former club Wolves.

“I cannot answer that. What I can tell you is he’s better. He’s getting his fitness better and better each day,” he explained.

“He worked today, he’s going to work tomorrow and he’s going to join the group on Friday. And on Saturday we’re going to make a decision on who’s going to be involved in the next game.”

And Kane’s uncertain future is having a negative effect on the squad, according to Lucas.

“When there’s speculation like that with our best player, our greatest player, who is our reference… of course everyone gets tense, everyone is anxious to see what will happen, what the outcome of this story is,” he told ESPN.

“But we’re professionals, of course we have great players. [Heung-Min] Son knows how to do that function very well, as he did [against Man City], yet I really hope he stays with us because he’s an important player.

“If he doesn’t stay, we know we have to focus here, we have to focus on what we have, and we can do a lot of good things too.”

Tottenham beat City 1-0 in their opening Premier League fixture, deploying a narrow front three of Son, Lucas and Steven Bergwijn in Kane’s absence.

A possible replacement for the 28-year-old is Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.

Sky in Italy has claimed Spurs are ‘strongly interested’ in the 21-year-old.

The Serbian bagged 21 goals in 37 Serie A outings last term despite Viola finishing 13th in the Italian top flight.

Vlahovic – who progressed through Partizan Belgrade’s youth academy before signing for Fiorentina in 2018 – only made his debut for Serbia last year but now has seven international caps and two goals for his country.