Monday 18 February 2019

'Harry is like Totti'

Mauricio Pochettino. Pic: Reuters
Mauricio Pochettino. Pic: Reuters

Mauricio Pochettino has dismissed suggestions Harry Kane could join Real Madrid by claiming the striker can be Tottenham's Francesco Totti.

Pochettino also brushed off his own links to Spain, reiterating he could never manage Barcelona because of his past with Espanyol, while adding he would sign a 15-year contract at Spurs if he could.

Tottenham take on Real Madrid in the Champions League tonight, with two of their former heroes, Gareth Bale, who is out with a calf injury, and Luka Modric, now in the colours of the opposition.

But Pochettino believes Kane, who grew up in Walthamstow and came through the club's academy, is more akin to Totti.

"The most important thing is that Harry is happy at Tottenham and in the future who knows where we'll be?" Pochettino said.

"But he enjoys Tottenham, he comes from the academy, he identifies with the club. Only football knows the future.

"For me, he's a player who likes scoring, he loves the Tottenham shirt and was excited when he saw Totti's farewell in Rome and that created extra motivation. He was so emotional when he saw the last game of Totti for Roma, only playing at one club."

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