Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has continued his war of words with Gareth Southgate over the England manager’s plans to use Harry Kane next week.
Kane scored a hat-trick and set up another goal as Mourinho’s men eased through to the Europa League group stage with a 7-2 win over Maccabi Haifa on Thursday, in what was Spurs’ third match in just five days.
Mourinho previously made it perfectly clear that he did not expect Kane to be involved in all three of England’s games over the next fortnight after a gruelling run of fixtures domestically.
Southgate responded with a tongue in cheek remark by saying that Mourinho has to in turn look after Kane in April and May with the European Championship around the corner, and also pointed out the Spurs boss had only name checked Steve Holland as a friend in his comments.
Kane underlined why he is so highly regarded by both men with a stunning cameo display against the Israeli outfit.
Mourinho used his opportunity after the game to get the final word in, although he made a slip by calling the England boss ‘Gary’.
“What I can promise to my friend Steve Holland and for Gary (sic) not to be jealous. For my friend Gary, I can promise that until the end of the season I don’t play Harry Kane one minute of any friendly match,” Mourinho said.
“His match was a fundamental match for us. A match that means a few million pounds and means that we are in a group phase of a competition that we have ambitions.”
Mourinho may not have to be so reliant on Kane going forward as Spurs are closing in on a deal to bring Carlos Vinicius to the club.
The Brazilian is primed to join Spurs on loan from Benfica with the option of a permanent transfer, not that Mourinho was ready to talk about it.
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“No, I want you to ask me that question when it’s confirmed,” he said when asked about the deal.
“Nobody told me it’s done so I’m going to respect the situation, respect the player, respect Benfica and wait a little bit more.
“Next time we see each other maybe I’m in conditions to answer.”