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Tottenham’s ‘goal as a club’ is to keep Harry Kane, Fabio Paratici reveals


Tottenham want Harry Kane to stay at the club, their managing director of football, Fabio Paratici, has said. Kane has told the club he wants a transfer and Manchester City have bid for the striker, who has scored three goals to help England to the semi-finals of Euro 2020. He has a contact at Spurs that runs to 2024.

“Keeping him is not just my goal, it’s our goal as a club,” said Paratici, who joined Tottenham last month after leaving Juventus, told Sky in Italy. “I can’t wait to watch him play live. I’ve been really lucky in the past years because I’ve watched a lot of top players and strikers, like Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez, Álvaro Morata, Gonzalo Higuaín, and many more.

“Right now, he’s one of the best strikers in the world. He’s a complete player, really special. His physique is that of a real No 9, a true poacher, but he also has an incredibly refined technique.

“He is able to shoot with both feet and also provides many assists – very few people notice this, because he scores so many goals. He’s a team player, but he’s a finisher at the same time, so I believe he is among the top three in the world.

“I haven’t heard from him yet because I don’t want to bother the players who are busy at the Euros; it doesn’t seem fair to me. They’re focused on their own goals with their national teams.”

Tottenham, under their new manager, Nuno Espírito Santo, host City in their opening game of the new season on 15 August.

Kane on Monday described Nuno as a “great manager” but said he had yet to talk to him. “Whenever a new manager comes in, I guess there’s a level of excitement around the club,” Kane told TalkSport. “Obviously, I’ve not been there and not had any contact with him.

“I’m away with England now and my full focus is on here. Hopefully, we’ve got a week left. He’s a great manager and did a great job at Wolves and got them playing a really good way. Let’s get back and I’m sure we’ll be in contact after the tournament.”

He said he felt “loved” by Tottenham and had received text messages from one of his former managers, José Mourinho. “I will always respect him and hopefully be in contact with him for the rest of my career,” he said.



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