Poch uses Coutinho, Ronaldo to explain Spurs’ Kane problem

Matt Stead

Tottenham will be powerless to keep Harry Kane if he expresses a desire to leave, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Kane has established himself as one of the world’s leading strikers in recent seasons, but is yet to win a trophy throughout his career.

Tottenham are in the fourth round of the FA Cup and the last-16 of the Champions League, but are fifth in the Premier League and out the Carabao Cup.

Kane has reiterated his happiness in north London at his boyhood club on a number of occasions, but Pochettino says Tottenham can do nothing if all that changes.

The manager used the recent example of Liverpool and Philippe Coutinho, as well as Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United, to explain his point.

“Liverpool is one of the best clubs in the world and look when Coutinho or a player like Coutinho wants to leave,” Pochettino said.

“With Coutinho, I think Liverpool wanted to keep him but it is difficult to keep him, and look what happened with Cristiano Ronaldo with Manchester [United], Zidane with Juventus, Figo with Barcelona.

“It is a lot of examples that [show] 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’.

“That is why it is so important how you care [for] your players. That is why, how you need to anticipate things.

“I think it is so important to work on the human side to try to provide, the club, the player, the team, an exciting moment and to try of course to create and build a project that they feel comfortable and happy to be with you.”