Tottenham chief Fabio Paratici provides update on Harry Kane’s future

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Tottenham transfer chief Fabio Paratici has insisted Harry Kane ‘loves’ the club and will spearhead a rebuild in north London. Kane reluctantly remained at Spurs this summer despite angling for a move to Premier League champions Manchester City.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy stood firm knowing that Kane had three years left on his contract, effectively pricing out any interested suitors, with the England captain keen to pursue a new challenge and challenge for trophies.

But Kane was forced to back down as a result of his stand-off with Levy, pledging to see out the season with his boyhood club.

He has had to adapt to a new style of play under the tutelage of Nuno Espirito Santo, but is yet to reach anywhere near his peak form under the Portuguese boss.

The 28-year-old is without a goal contribution in six Premier League games and Spurs have subsequently faltered, scoring only six league goals so far this season.

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But Nuno will be hoping his star man rediscovers his best form after the international break and director of football Paratici reiterated that he is pleased Kane is still at the club.

“Harry Kane loves Tottenham,” Paratici told The Sun.

“We’ve decided to keep Harry last summer to start the re-building, and we’re happy with our choice.

“There’s no need of any new talk with Harry. He knows how to share the sense of belonging to Spurs.”

Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic had been linked as a possible replacement for Kane after the young Serbian netted 21 Serie A goals last term.

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Paratici was coy when asked about Vlahovic, but the Italian did state that the 21-year-old is not currently in Tottenham’s transfer plans.

“Dusan Vlahovic is appreciated by many clubs, it’s normal – he’s not in our plans, for now,” Paratici added.

“I’m not going to speak about Dusan Vlahovic as he’s under contract with Fiorentina… and also because we have Harry Kane who’s the best striker in the world.”

Meanwhile, Kane has been named on a 30-man shortlist for the coveted Ballon d’Or award.

The forward scored 33 times in all competitions for Spurs in the last campaign and starred as the Three Lions reached the final of Euro 2020.

England teammates Mason Mount, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling are also shortlisted, with the winner of the coveted individual prize set to be announced on November 29.

Kane was an unused substitute as Gareth Southgate’s side thrashed Andorra 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

The Three Lions are preparing to take on Hungary at Wembley on Tuesday, fully in control of their qualifying group.

Kane’s attention will then turn to club duty with boss Nuno still under pressure despite overseeing an important 2-1 victory over Aston Villa before the international break.

Nuno’s men travel to St James’ Park to face Newcastle on Sunday in what will be the start of an exciting new era for the Magpies, following the completion of their £300m takeover by the Saudi-Arabia backed Public Investment Fund (PIF).

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