Nuno Espirito Santo, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur, says Harry Kane is committed to the club and that it is time for everyone to “move forward” after the England captain scored twice on his return to the club.
Spurs overcame a first-leg deficit against Pacos de Ferreira to advance to the Europa Conference League group stage after Kane announced on the eve of the match that he would be staying “this summer.”
“All the situations that have happened, are part of the past, let’s look and move forward. He doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone. Harry’s with us so we have to take advantage of it,” Nuno said.
Harry Kane opened the scoring after a lovely pass by winger Bryan Gil, who had trailed 1-0 after the first leg in Portugal. Kane added a second before halftime from close range in his first club game since May 23.
Giovani Lo Celso capped a strong Spurs performance with a deflected free-kick that sealed the victory for the hosts. Tottenham will find out who their group opponents will be on Friday, with the draw set to begin at 12:30 BST.
The last time Tottenham played at their north London stadium, fans chanted, ‘Are you watching Harry Kane?’ The striker did not play in the Premier League opener against Manchester City as speculation about his future continued.
On Thursday, fans reminded their star striker that he was still ‘one of our own.’ Harry Kane was named captain for this game as Spurs looked to rebound from a lackluster performance in Portugal last week, with his immediate future resolved following City’s interest.
Kane came close to scoring in the first 15 seconds before leveling the aggregate score after a fine pass from Gil, a 20-year-old Spain winger.
The England captain appeared eager to make up for a lost time, and he was on target once more when a clinical finish put his team ahead on aggregate for the first time in the tie. Harry Kane celebrated with a huge smile on his face as Spurs fans chanted his name, just like old times.
— Harry Kane (@HKane) August 26, 2021
With Watford visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday, Kane was replaced after 72 minutes, bringing his total for the north London club to 223 goals. Kane was left in no doubt as he walked off the pitch that he is well-liked at the club.
Spurs had all but confirmed their place in the next round by that point, having extended their lead even further. Lo Celso’s delivery appeared to be across, and it nicked Pacos defender Antunes, but the Argentine was given credit for the goal.
Nuno’s team delivered a thoroughly professional performance, having won three of their first four games, scoring five goals, and keeping three clean sheets.
The Spurs boss is keen to use the inaugural Europa Conference League to his side’s advantage. “This competition will make us grow. This is what we want,” the Portuguese added.