In Focus: Pochettino’s Kane comments are honest, not hinting at exit

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has suggested that he would be powerless to stop Harry Kane from leaving if the striker chose to do so, reports the Daily Mail.

What’s the word?

The departure of big players has been a talking point over the last few days due to Philippe Coutinho’s decision to leave Liverpool for Barcelona.

The Reds managed to hold off the Spanish giants in the summer but they reluctantly gave their star player the green light to move on mid-season.

Kane has become Tottenham’s most important player and talisman, and even though the striker has not suggested that he wants to leave, there are constant rumblings about his future.

Real Madrid and Manchester United have been linked to the 24-year-old in the past, and now Pochettino has claimed that Spurs may be forced to let him go if the forward pushes for transfer in the future.

According to the Daily Mail, while speaking to reporters, the Argentine said:

“It is so, so, so tough for everyone to keep your best player if the player in some moment turns their mind and says ‘now I want to leave’. If another club pay the type of money they pay, like it was with Barcelona and Liverpool, how you stop it?’

“I think Harry is special, so special, because he loves Tottenham and he feels Tottenham. But we need to be careful and be clever how we manage him and then the player needs to choose to stay here, you cannot force everyone to stay here.

“I think our job is to try to work together and to try to achieve all that we want, the club, everything that we will for the club. Of course, Harry is a special player. I told him he seems like (Francesco) Totti in Italy, only a few players so special can spend their whole careers in one club. And I think Harry is this type of player, but in football you can’t be sure of anything.”

Should fans be concerned?

Pochettino has not indicated that Kane is ready for pastures new, but rather that football is unpredictable.

One week, a player could be insisting how committed he is to a club, and then the next week he could agree a deal elsewhere.

Despite the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal being successful clubs and well known across the globe, the Premier league giants are still seen as inferior to Spain’s big two.

It does not take much for player to have his head turned by either Real Madrid or Barcelona.

Plenty of English players, including Gareth Bale, Michael Owen and David Beckham, have been lured to la Liga.

With regards to Kane, he is in the form of his life and there is no need for him to abandon Tottenham at this stage of the club’s development, but as Pochettino suggested; never say never.