James Maddison insists Harry Kane’s ongoing transfer speculation is not a distraction for his new Tottenham Hotspur teammates.
Maddison became one of the first signings of the Ange Postecoglou era at Spurs when he completed a STG40million ($A77.5m) move from Leicester on June 28.
Five weeks on and the elephant in the room remains Kane’s future, with Bayern Munich intent on bringing the England international to Germany and expected to imminently lodge a new bid for the 30-year-old.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy reportedly met with Bayern officials in London on Monday and the club’s recent Asia-Pacific tour took place amid constant talk of Kane’s future, with a BILD journalist able to unveil a Bayern shirt with ‘Kane 9′ on the back to Postecoglou during a media activity.
But Maddison, speaking at the TNT Sports start-of-season event in London, said: “It hasn’t been a distraction, Harry is super professional.
“I won’t go into details because I don’t know anything and let’s be respectful about Harry’s situation.
“Everyone knows what Harry Kane is like, he’s a super professional guy and whatever club he is at, whenever he goes into training he gives 100 per cent and it’s the same as all the lads so not (a distraction) at all really.
“We were friends before I joined Tottenham from the England squad, we have similar interests and get on well anyway away from football.
“I would love Harry Kane to stay, he’s the best number nine in the world in my opinion, but what will be, will be and Harry is super professional.”
While uncertainty remains over Kane’s future, Tottenham have stepped up their pursuit of new centre-backs for boss Postecoglou.
Talks with Spurs and Wolfsburg are advancing over the transfer of Micky van de Ven, the PA news agency understands.
Postecoglou gave the green light to Van de Ven’s signing soon after arriving in June and dialogue between the teams started last month.
There is a growing confidence the Netherlands U21 international will make the move before Spurs’ Premier League opener at Brentford on August 13.
Tottenham also remain in talks with Bayer Leverkusen over the signature of centre-back Edmond Tapsoba, who alongside Van de Ven has been high on the club’s list of potential targets this summer as Postecoglou tries to bolster his defence.