Nuno ignoring Kane speculation with Scarlett set for first Spurs start

Kane’s situation at Spurs is increasingly the subject of claim and counter-claim, as the England captain attempts to engineer a move to Manchester City in the final fortnight of the transfer window.

Speaking ahead of the game, Nuno revealed he had had breakfast with Kane before the flight to Portugal on Wednesday morning and insisted the club is paying no attention to the constant speculation.

“Today we had breakfast together,” Nuno told reporters.

“Maybe I’m the only one who doesn’t really care about what’s been said and written outside because you cannot control this and honestly, with all my respect, it doesn’t really matter.

“What matters is what is happening behind closed doors, and what is happening behind the doors is that Harry is our player.

“He’s preparing himself, training today [Wednesday], he’s going to train tomorrow and again on Friday, joining the group. This is how we operate.

“We don’t really pay much attention to what’s said outside regarding the situation of Harry.

“Harry is our player, one of the best players in the world, and we are very lucky to have him.”

Kane has made himself available to play for Spurs but remains desperate to join City before the August 31 transfer deadline and is increasingly frustrated with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who is determined not to sell the 28-year-old.

Kane believes Levy has broken a gentleman’s agreement to consider offers for him this summer and is also thought to believe the chairman gave the green light for him to return late to pre-season training, despite disappointment at the club when he failed to report back from holiday on August 2.

Dane Scarlett is set to make his first senior Spurs start against Pacos de Ferreira

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Asked if the situation could affect Kane’s focus, Nuno said: “What we must be sure of is that when we decide to put a player on the pitch we have to consider all of the aspects – the fitness and the mental aspects.

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