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Saturday 10 December 2016

Pochettino relaxed on Kane contract

Spurs striker Harry Kane
Spurs striker Harry Kane

Mauricio Pochettino insists Harry Kane is happy at Tottenham and says the striker should not compare his contract with counterparts in the Premier League.

Spurs opened talks with Kane earlier this year over an extension to his current deal, which runs until 2020 and is understood to be worth around £50,000 a week.

A resolution, however, is yet to be found, with Tottenham determined not to dismantle their strict wage structure.

Hugo Lloris remains the club's highest earner on around £80,000 a week and the goalkeeper is also yet to extend his deal at White Hart Lane, which expires in 2019.

"For us they are players that are very important, Harry and Hugo," Pochettino said.

"They are very happy to be here and we are very happy that they are here.

"Maybe there are a lot of rumours that can affect our fans but the fans need to be quiet and have no worries about this because the players show their commitment to the club, they want to be here for the long term.

"I think the club and the players are talking about maybe improving or having extended contracts. In the future I think it's not a big problem to do."

Kane's commitment is particularly important given his unparalleled status among Tottenham's fans, as well as his outstanding contribution on the pitch.

The 23-year-old has been the club's top goalscorer for the last two seasons and he won the Premier League's Golden Boot award in May.

His success, however, has reportedly prompted Kane to request parity with this country's other top strikers, like Leicester's Jamie Vardy and Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge.

Pochettino believes such comparisons are unhelpful.

"You cannot compare their situation with another player," Pochettino said.

"I 100 per cent trust the club and (chairman) Daniel Levy. He's doing a fantastic job with the club. The future is brilliant."

Kane is expected to start against West Ham this evening but with crunch games against Monaco in the Champions League and Chelsea to come, Pochettino must manage a number of fitness concerns in his squad.

Toby Alderweireld has not recovered from a leg injury, which has taken longer to heal than expected, while Erik Lamela and Ben Davies are out with hip and ankle problems respectively.

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