'I see him every day' - Kane has nothing to prove to anyone at Spurs, says boss Espírito Santo

The wantaway striker bagged a brace as Tottenham booked their place in the group stage of the Uefa Conference League.

Tottenham's head coach Nuno Espirito Santo applauds to fans.
Tottenham's head coach Nuno Espirito Santo applauds to fans.
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NUNO ESPIRITO SANTO is looking forward to the future with Harry Kane in his side after the Tottenham striker enjoyed the perfect return.

A day after announcing he was staying at Spurs after a coveted move to Manchester City did not materialise, Kane made his first start of the season and scored two goals in a 3-0 win over Pacos de Ferreira in the Europa Conference League play-off.

It helped Nuno’s side overcome a 1-0 first-leg deficit and book a place in the group stages.

The last time Spurs played at their north London home, fans chanted ‘Are you watching Harry Kane?’, with the striker not involved in the Premier League opener against City having failed to report to pre-season training on time.

But all was forgiven against the Portuguese outfit as the 30,000-plus crowd let their star striker know that he was still ‘one of our own’.

Two goals in the opening 35 minutes reminded everyone just why Spurs refused to sell him to City and Giovani Lo Celso’s deflected second-half free-kick sealed the game.

For the first time of Nuno’s reign, the Portuguese was able to talk about Kane’s actions on the pitch and has no questions over his commitment.

“I see Harry every day since he joined us, every day. He doesn’t have to prove (anything) to anyone,” Kane said. “He’s committed. You can see.

“All the situations that have happened are part of the past. Let’s look and move forward, but I see him every day.

“I saw him today in the training sessions. I saw him today at the end of the game. Now it is time to recover. He is one more that will help us.

“He played good, he scored, he had good movements, he helped the team in possession, out of possession kept his shape, helped recover the ball.

“He is still improving. But playing is the best way for all players to improve, to compete and the edge of the game is what takes players beyond their limits and that is what we expect from all of them.”

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It was clear that all was forgiven as Kane was loudly cheered before kick-off and applauded the fans when they chanted his name early in the first half.

He left the pitch 18 minutes from time to a hero’s reception and Nuno praised the supporters.

Nuno added: “It was good, our fans are amazing. The support they give for all of us.

“Even in the training session we had here, the energy you can see.

“This is what we want, this bond for them to enjoy. (To see) we give everything we have, from the stands. Creating this energy is good for us.”

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