Tottenham Hotspur manager Nuno Espirito Santo says the club will solve their Harry Kane problem internally rather than speak publicly about it.
The striker did not report for pre-season tests on Monday and it later emerged he was still on holiday in Florida - after England's run to the Euro 2020 final - as he tries to force a move to Manchester City.
Kane is due back at Tottenham later this week, and is expected to be fined.
Spurs have maintained throughout the whole saga that they have no intentions of selling a player who has three years left on his contract - and with no City bid on the table Kane's options are limited.
Nuno, who is yet to speak to Kane, intends to keep the business in-house.
"I will not speak with you about that. I am sorry," he said after his side drew 2-2 at Chelsea in a pre-season friendly.
"It is not that I don't want to comment, I believe that all the issues relating to Harry we should discuss internally, among us and try to avoid any kind of public argument or discussion about it.
"Us, we have to focus on what is important. We have to solve the situation but between us.
"We solve the situation internally with the club. Speaking and trying to reach a better solution and conclusion to this situation."
Nuno confirmed that he has still yet to speak to Kane since his appointment in mid-July.
"The answer I will give you is I expect to speak with Harry soon and I haven't had the chance yet," he said.
Nuno was cagey on the matter throughout his press conference and said that pre-season is difficult for every team with players coming back late after international duty.
New chief executive Maheta Molango said the Professional Footballers' Association has not been asked to get involved yet, but would be willing to assist Kane if the stand-off continues.
Kane's no-show makes it highly unlikely that he will feature in Tottenham's Premier League opener against - of all clubs - City on August 15.
Australian Associated Press