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Berbatov has backed Spurs to do well without Harry Kane

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Ex-Spurs striker and now retired footballer Dimitar Berbatov has backed the club to move on well from the Harry Kane transfer fiasco if the forward does indeed seal his £150million move up north to Manchester before the August 31 deadline.

Kane, 28, is to miss Tottenham’s Europa Conference League opener on Thursday against Portuguese side Pacos de Ferreira as the Englishman continues his fitness regime programme back at Hotspur Way.

Manager Nuno Espirito Santo was quizzed on the talisman in Wednesday’s pre-match press conference and was asked if there was any chance the Euro 2020 star could be in line for a return against Wolves on the weekend.

“I cannot answer that. What I can tell you is he’s better. He’s getting his fitness better and better each day,” explained the head coach.

“He worked today, he’s going to work tomorrow and he’s going to join the group on Friday. And on Saturday we’re going to make a decision on who’s going to be involved in the next game.”

When asked if he’s spoken to Kane, he added: “We spoke with all the players, on a daily basis. When we are with them, it is normal to speak with all the players.”

Bulgarian Berbatov has eased the worries of Spurs supporters who can’t see how the club can recover if a player of Kane’s calibre leaves.

The now 40-year-old pointed to last weekend’s shock Premier League opening win against Pep Guardiola’s champions to suggest that all is not lost in N17 if the inevitable happens.

He exclusively told Betfair: “The win on Sunday was a great moral boost for the team, there’s a lot going on at the moment with their key player, Harry Kane, but the other players showed that it isn’t a distraction for them. The win will mean nothing unless they continue on the road of winning games and taking points.

“It’s a great start for the new coach and great for the team to get the win against last season’s champions without Kane. City won’t be too bothered with that loss. Yes, it wasn’t ideal, but they know that the season is long and they had a slow start last time out and won it.

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