Former Manchester United right-back Gary Neville has accused Manchester City target Harry Kane of a lack of professionalism towards his Tottenham Hotspur team-mates after failing to report back for pre-season training.
The Spurs ace, who is at the very top of City’s wish list this summer in their quest to sign a new striker, has failed to report back for pre-season training at Hotspur Way following his extended period of leave after helping England reach the final of the European Championship last month.
Kane — who scored four goals for England at Euro 2020 and was part of the Three Lions’ setup that Neville coached (under Roy Hodgson) —was poised to report back for training on Monday. But he failed to show up and was once again a no-show on Tuesday, fuelling speculation that he is trying to force through a move to the Etihad Stadium.
Although the full reason behind his absence has not been confirmed by Spurs, Neville has criticised the Spurs striker for his absence and has urged him to make a return to the club’s training ground as soon as possible as his actions are not fair on the rest of the Tottenham squad.
Neville told Sky Sports: “It depends on what has been agreed. I can only think that Harry thinks that an agreement has been backed out of or that something has happened.
“That is the only thing that I can think. He wouldn’t do this unless there was something significantly wrong behind the scenes. It is a big call to have to make.
“I think Andrei Kanchelskis might have done it a little bit at United, 15 or 16 years ago where I think he was being a little bit awkward at the start of pre-season. I can’t think of any other time during my time at United where a player hasn’t turned up. It is a massive situation.
“For the England captain not to turn up to his club… it doesn’t get any bigger. But you have to turn up; you have to respect your team-mates, they are all there doing pre-season and I think Harry has got to get back in quickly and get with those lads running around that pitch.
“As much as he wants to leave, as much as he thinks he has been hard done to, as much as he is annoyed with the guy who is making the decisions, he has got to get back in with his team-mates, because they are professional players as well and look up to him; he is a massive icon at the club and in this country.
“I think he will have to get back in very quickly.”
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