Tottenham came back from two goals to draw Chelsea 2-2 in a preseason friendly, but Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo faced questions about a player notable for his absence.
Harry Kane’s failure to make it to preseason training grabbed the headlines ahead of an entertaining friendly match between the two London rivals at Stamford Bridge.
Undoubtedly, from Florida, Manchester City’s goal would have seen an encouraging display from the side they want to leave after 17 years.
Having been forced to take part in Chelsea’s Champions League parade and then go two to a brace from Hakim Ziyech, Spurs showed a bottle to turn the tide.
Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn both struck in the second half to silence the nearly full crowd at Stamford Bridge, who had been delighted for 65 minutes.
Even still, the first question in Nuno’s post-game presser was inescapable, as much as he tried to escape it.
“I won’t tell you about it. I’m sorry, ”he said when asked about Kane.
“It’s not that I don’t want to comment, I think we should discuss all matters relating to Harry internally, among ourselves and try to avoid any sort of public argument or discussion about it.
“We have to focus on what is important. We have to resolve the situation, but between ourselves.
“We are resolving the situation internally with the club. Talk and try to find a better solution and a better conclusion to this situation.
Kane is expected to return later this week, despite facing at least five days of self-isolation due to his travels.
And Nuno is still waiting for their first conversation, which might not happen until next week.
He added: “The answer I’m going to give you is that I plan to speak with Harry soon and haven’t had a chance yet.”
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