Jose Mourinho stressed that he will not speculate on Harry Kane’s future in this match, adding that the striker should be satisfied with the moment he lives for England and Tottenham.
The 27-year-old sparked rumours that he could leave Spurs after the 2020 European Championships when asked about reports linking him with Manchester United, Manchester City or Real Madrid.
I’m fully focused on fieldwork from now until the end of the summer and then we’ll see where we are, he replied.
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Kane, who scored twice in England’s three World Cup qualifiers, is still under contract until 2024. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is unwilling to consider selling the England captain.
I can’t play this game. I have to concentrate on what we have to do, Mourinho told a news conference on Friday. Of course I am always happy when my players go to the national teams and do well there.
So I’m glad he’s doing well against England, I’m glad England are winning of course. I can’t play this game from what people say and what they don’t say.
I focus on what he did for us in the last game against Aston Villa, I focus on the commitment he showed on the pitch for England against Albania and Poland, and I focus on the game against Newcastle, when I’m sure he’ll play very well, good or not so good, whether he scores two, one or zero goals, he’ll be there for the team.
Asked about Kane’s positive body language during training and matches, Mourinho spoke of the series continuing on Sunday with the trip to Newcastle, where Spurs will try to break three points clear of the top four ahead of the EFL Cup final against Manchester City later this month.
Harry Kane could leave Tottenham if the team fails to win trophies. Photo of Tottenham Hotspur FC players / Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images.
I don’t know if he always has a smile on his face, but I know he is a professional, Mourinho added.
Partial talent or not, it’s important that the player is a professional and he is. I’m very, very happy to have him, and again, I’m happy to see him and all the other boys when they go to the national team, I’m always happy to see them do well, always better when they come back after positive results.
He’s living a great life. He is doing well for club and country and has some nice challenges for the rest of the season. He has the final, the Premier League to fight for every point, and then the Euros with the chance to play the final at Wembley. I think he should be happy as long as he lives.
I want Harry to be with us like he was. I want Harry to repeat against Newcastle the performance he had against Aston Villa. When I say same performance, I mean same commitment, same will, same team spirit, same leadership, that’s what I want. And I know I will.
Spurs will be without Son Heung-Min (hamstring) and Sergio Reguilon (leg) for the match against Newcastle. Ben Davies and Matt Doherty, meanwhile, will not be in action after suffering unspecified problems during an international call-up.
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