Tottenham Hotspur supervisor Mauricio Pochettino has prompt it may very well be troublesome for his membership if Harry Kane follows an instance set beforehand by Luka Modric and Gareth Bale and asks for a transfer to Actual Madrid.
Kane’s 56 targets throughout the calendar 12 months in 2017, greater than both Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi managed, has seen the 24-year-old reportedly emerge as a attainable summer season goal for Madrid president Florentino Perez. He was additionally favoured in a latest Marca ballot of Blancos followers as their most well-liked alternative for much-criticised present No. 9 Karim Benzema.
This has led to reviews within the UK press that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is prepared to interrupt the membership’s inflexible wage construction and provide Kane £200,000-a-week. That may make him the highest-paid Englishman within the sport, though that determine remains to be nicely beneath the reported £350,000 every week taken dwelling by Wales worldwide Bale.
Chatting with Spanish TV present “El Chiringuito de Jugones,” Pochettino recalled that Tottenham had been unable to cease Modric and Bale forcing via strikes to Madrid up to now, however mentioned he hoped Kane would keep for “a few years” and hopefully win some trophies at his present membership.
“If a participant asks you to depart, as occurred with Modric and Bale at the moment… we are going to see what occurs,” Pochettino mentioned. “That has not occurred as of but. As somebody accountable for a membership like Tottenham, I’d say if Actual Madrid got here, we might not wish to promote him. He would keep right here and he must perceive.
“I hope that Harry Kane may be right here for a few years, and may have a good time many targets and triumphs and win some trophies, which is what we wish.”
Some reviews have claimed that Bale, 28, might return to north London as a part of a deal taking Kane within the different course, though Pochettino appeared to assume it unlikely the Wales worldwide may very well be persuaded to return to his former membership.
“I do not assume [Bale] is a practical choice for Tottenham,” he mentioned.
Pochettino has usually been talked about as a future Actual Madrid coach himself, with Perez reportedly a fan of his work, and the Argentine himself talking final autumn about his good private relationship with the Bernabeu chief.
Requested if he might think about himself within the Bernabeu dugout, the previous Espanyol participant and coach mentioned that if he praised Madrid it didn’t essentially imply he was pushing himself ahead for the job.
“The reality is not any,” he mentioned. “Another supervisor at present of this stage may very well be requested the identical query, whether or not Pochettino needs to teach Actual Madrid. [They might say] he talks nicely of Madrid as he needs to go to Madrid sometime, however the reality is I don’t assume that means.”
Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based soccer author who covers La Liga and the Spain nationwide workforce for ESPN FC. Comply with him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan