Tottenham fans have put aside North London allegiances in solidarity with Arsenal striker Bukayo Saka as he returns to domestic football for the first time since Euro 2020.
Saka suffered racist abuse on social media after missing the decisive penalty kick in England’s shootout loss to Italy in the European Championship final at Wembley on July 11.
The nation rallied behind Saka the next day and, on his first assignment with Arsenal – a pre-season friendly at Tottenham – since the Euro 2020 final, supporters of his club’s fiercest rivals have shown their support.
A banner erected at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium read: “North London stands with Bukayo Saka and all players against racism and discrimination.”
Saka replaced Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the 63rd minute and received heartfelt applause from Spurs loyalists.
Saka, who returned from an extended hiatus after Euro 2020, responded in kind to Tottenham fans by applauding them.
Spurs won the pre-season friendly 1-0 after a late goal from Heung-Min Son, although 19-year-old Saka had a chance to snatch a draw with five minutes remaining, before d ‘be refused by new Spurs goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini. .
North London pre-season derby ends in friendly for Saka
Nuno hopes for a first conversation with Kane
Spurs head coach Nuno Espirito Santo confirmed he will aim to hold social-distancing talks with forward Harry Kane on Monday.
Kane is in quarantine at the Tottenham training complex in north London after returning to the club for the first time on Saturday after being criticized for not showing up to Spurs’ pre-season training during the last week.
Kane, who was due to resume training on Monday but did not show up, will train on his own until Thursday and, speaking after Spurs’ victory over Arsenal on Sunday, Nuno said: “Harry is with us. has to quarantine he’s at Spurs Lodge, he’s training, he’s already had his first day with the sports scientists, he’s with us, that’s good.
“We expect to bring Harry on board when he goes through all the protocols that we need to apply. We need to be very strict with the quarantine process and take no chances because everyone has learned that the pandemic is still here, so we need to be very careful.
“I will speak with Harry as soon as possible. He is already at Spurs Lodge, we have a training session tomorrow. [on Monday], I hope I can talk to Harry from a distance. “
Silent Nuno on Martinez Ties
Nuno refused to be shot Tottenhamthe reported pursuit of Inter Milan cheeky Lautaro Martinez.
Spurs are reportedly ready to pay around £ 60million for Martinez and have had talks with Inter over signing the Argentina striker.
Martinez scored 17 goals in 38 league appearances last season to help Inter claim the Serie A title. The 23-year-old has scored 37 goals in 100 league appearances since joining Inter from Racing Club in his native country in 2018.
Speaking after Sunday’s win, however, Nuno said: “I won’t talk about any player, I will only talk about Spurs players, nothing else.”