Harry Kane Sends Warning to Tottenham As Mauricio Pochettino Admits Spurs Are Powerless

Harry Kane has warned Tottenham Hotspur he will only stay should the club begin winning silverware, as Mauricio Pochettino admits the club would be "powerless" should the striker want to leave.

Last year saw Kane excel to become one of the greatest talents on the continent, finishing the calendar year as the highest goalscorer in the top European leagues—above Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Speculation has grown over whether Real Madrid will make a move for the 24-year-old England international, but Kane insists he would be happy at Spurs as long as progression leads to trophies.

"I've always said: 'keep progressing, keep getting better, start winning trophies'," Kane explained, as quoted by The Times. "That's the aim, as long as the club keep doing that then I'm happy here."

Kane's future has been questioned once again following Philippe Coutinho's record-breaking transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona, one of the clubs linked with Kane.

Barcelona paid £142 million for Coutinho, making him the third most expensive player in history, behind Neymar Jr. and Kylian Mbappe. Coutinho had demanded a transfer request in the summer and finally got the move he wanted when the window reopened in January.

Asked about the transfer, Pochettino said it provided an example of just how tricky it is for clubs to keep hold of their star assets.

"Liverpool is one of the best clubs in history, in the world, and look when Coutinho or a player like Coutinho wants to leave, how difficult it is to keep your best player," Pochettino said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

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Mauricio Pochettino at Wembley Stadium, London, January 4. Pochettino admitted Tottenham would be powerless to selling their best players. Mike Hewitt/Getty

Pochettino was asked specifically about the situation involving Kane, and the Argentine coach said he was "so special because he loves Tottenham and he feels Tottenham." Pochettino went on to compare him to Francesco Totti who, despite having chances to move to bigger clubs, remained at Roma for the entirety of his career.

But Kane's manager did insist Spurs would have to work to keep hold of him. "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."

Kane was also asked about Coutinho's transfer. "I think if a player wants to go then why would you stop him? He's not going to be in the club, he's not going to play every game, he's not going to put his heart on the line," he said.

"From the Coutinho point of view, I think he's been very professional in the six months he has played this year and, look, Liverpool have got a good offer from Barcelona and accepted it so I wouldn't say they're powerless but I can see why if a player wants to go you would let him go."

Tottenham are fifth in the Premier League table, three points behind Liverpool and 21 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City. They will face Juventus in the last-16 of the Champions League in February and beat AFC Wimbledon on Sunday (January 7) to progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup.

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Harry Kane at Wembley Stadium, London, January 7. Kane was the leading scorer in Europe's top divisions in 2017. Mike Hewitt/Getty