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NO GOALS: Harry Kane. Photo: PA

NO GOALS: Harry Kane. Photo: PA

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NO GOALS: Harry Kane. Photo: PA

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho went on the attack in his defence of comments made about Harry Kane by Paul Merson.

The Sky Sports pundit suggested Kane would want to leave Spurs because of Mourinho's pragmatic style of play and picked apart the England captain's performance in Friday's 1-1 draw with Manchester United.

But Mourinho, reading from a piece of paper in a clearly planned response, listed the scoring stats of former strikers Didier Drogba, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Diego Milito and Zlatan Ibrahimovic and said Kane would have no issues scoring goals.

"I feel a bit strange at some analysis and some comments, especially as it looks for me at the beginning of some comments and analysis have started from Paul (Merson)," Mourinho said. "I have to say I respect a lot people like him and because I respect him a lot, I want to be nice in my answer. I don't think he's ready for a bad answer so I try to be nice and say something that people can think a little bit.

"First of all Harry played his first game for six months. The record of goals that Harry has for me is easy for me. Go to your data and it's easy to see how many matches he played with me and how many goals he scored before his injury.

"I had a few strikers that played for me and they're not bad. I have a guy called (Didier) Drogba, he played for me four seasons, he scored 186 goals - an average (of) 46 goals per season.

"I had another guy who is also not bad, plays for Juventus now (Ronaldo). He played for me three seasons, he scored 186 goals, which gives an average of 56 goals per season.

"I had another guy who is also not bad, called Karim Benzema. He played for me three seasons, he was not always starting because he was quite young at the time, he scored 78 goals in three seasons, which gives a 26-goal average per season.

"I had another called (Diego) Milito, he played one season, he scored 30 goals, won three titles.

"I had another guy, he played for one-and-a-half seasons. A tall guy called Zlatan (Ibrahimovic). He scored 58 goals, which gives a 29 average per season."