England captain Harry Kane says he has a clear conscience after a move to Manchester City from Tottenham Hotspur destroyed to materialise.
City were keen to sign the 28-year-old, who believed he had a gentleman’s agreement with chairman Daniel Levy to leave Spurs this summer.
Kane, who has a Spurs contract until 2024, is now staying and does not think his reputation has been vandalised.
“I have said before fans are entitled to their opinion,” he said.
“Obviously sometimes they don’t get the full story of what’s going on, but from my point of view I have got a clear conscience, and I [have] just got to keep doing what I do.”
Kane, who has linked up with the England squad for their World Cup qualifying triple-header against Hungary, Andorra and Poland said, “I’m doing everything that I’m being asked for and asked to do by the club and I’m here now with England.
“I know everyone wants to know about every situation that happens over the summer, but like I said I’m focused on what’s to come and the future.”
After helping England reach the delayed Euro 2020 final in July, Kane did not turn up as scheduled at Tottenham’s training ground for his coronavirus tests at the beginning of August.
He later issued a statement saying he “never refused to train” and has since made his return to Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, scoring twice in the Europa Conference League play-off second-leg win over Pacos de Ferreira.
After a summer of heavy speculation around his club future, Kane says he accepts that “there is going to be noise around certain situations” involving a “high-level sportsman”.
“I think the best players and the players who handle that the best are the ones who manage to have great careers,” added Kane.
“I know there is a lot of talk going on and there are a lot of questions being asked, but I stay focused on what I need to do.
“Obviously, everything that went on with the club is between me and the club and that’s the way it will stay.”