Harry Kane is happy at Tottenham, says Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino believes Harry Kane can achieve his dreams at Spurs.
Mauricio Pochettino insists Harry Kane is happy at Tottenham and can fulfil his desire to win silverware in north London.
Former Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas this week claimed England striker Kane would have to quit the club if he wants “trophies and notoriety”.
Andre Villas-Boas, who admitted he “wasn’t the best coach for Harry Kane”, said of Kane’s future: “If he has a hunger for trophies & for notoriety he would have to leave Spurs; if he has no hunger for that, but (wants) recognition & stability, he would stay at Spurs.” #coys #thfc pic.twitter.com/ISMxkYAiQF— Liam Blackburn (@liamblackburn) February 26, 2018
But current Tottenham chief Pochettino hit back by saying: “We are here to develop, to help the club achieve and win titles.
“Harry is happy here and of course he wants to win titles here like all of us do, but I respect all opinions.”
Dele Alli was once again at the centre of controversy during Sunday’s 1-0 win at Crystal Palace, with the home fans accusing him of diving twice in a bid to win penalties.
Pochettino admitted he did have a conversation with Alli about the incidents but is not concerned the player will suffer at the hands of referees as a result.
“He’s an easy target for opposition fans because it’s easier to complain and accuse Dele,” Pochettino said.
“Of course, Dele is focused to improve, we’re focused on helping him. He’s a great player and a great kid.
“He’s very competitive and he wants to win in every action. Of course, he wants to improve.
“I am not worried about this situation. He’s a clever player and he knows what he needs to do.
“Every day we have conversations and meetings about everything. After the game we had a short chat about the situation. It’s our responsibility to help the players with everything.
“I trust the referees are professional and that they’re not going to behave like fans. I trust them, not 100 per cent but 200 per cent.”
Spurs, who face Rochdale in their FA Cup replay at Wembley on Wednesday night, have made contingency plans should their new stadium not be ready by the start of the new season.
According to the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust, chairman Daniel Levy said at a meeting last week that the club are likely to request playing their first few matches away from home.
However, the club remain confident that the work is on schedule and that they will be in their new home in time for the 2018/19 season.
Spurs will be without injured defenders Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld against Dale.