Gary Neville believes that Harry Kane’s absence from Tottenham’s win over Manchester City on Sunday means he could be about to seal a transfer away from the club.
Kane was not in Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad for the Premier League game, which Spurs won 1-0 thanks to a second-half goal from Son Heung-min.
The 28-year-old striker has been pushing for a transfer to Man City, who have already had a £100million bid rejected by Tottenham.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is determined to keep hold of his talismanic forward, but his non-involvement against the side trying to sign him sparked further speculation about his future.
Nuno said Kane’s absence was simply because of a lack of match fitness following an extended holiday after Euro 2020, but Neville has a different theory.
"I just read into the fact that, because he was not involved today – every other England player that has been part of the Euros I believe has been involved this weekend – whether it was from the bench or in the squad, Harry Kane would be here today,” he said on Sky Sports.
He added: "I feel if there was no doubt over his future, I took into it that he has gone.
“Him not being visible in the stadium, a prominent player – the most prominent Tottenham player – first game of the season not visible in this stadium?
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“We have a lot of cameras and I bet they were searching for him everywhere and to not see him today is a surprise."
He added: "There are no Premier League games this week and there are five or six days to do something.
"I do believe that to me told me he's gone with him not being on the bench.
"I might be completely wrong and in two weeks’ time I'll be delighted to come here and watch him for Tottenham.
"But every other England player has been involved. [Jadon] Sancho was on the bench yesterday, Kalvin Phillips was on the bench.
"They've all had very limited time for training, but at the very least they've been on the bench and Harry Kane ordinarily would be.
"He's the most professional player you'll ever see so something is going on."
Despite not being involved, Kane dominated the talk around Sunday’s match, with Spurs fans chanting “are you watching Harry Kane?” as their side secured the win.
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Speaking to Sky Sports before kick-off, Nuno said of Kane: "He needs to work [on his fitness]. He needs to keep on working until he's ready to help the team.
"He doesn't need too many sessions. He needs to be fit."
The new Spurs manager reiterated the same point after picking up a huge victory in his first match in charge.
"Look, Harry Kane is one of the best players in the world, honestly,” he said.
“We are very lucky to have him. He has to get ready and help the team. We still have to go to Portugal [to play Pacos de Ferreira in Europa Conference League on Thursday]. Then we think about Wolves."
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