Pochettino Clears The Air On His Demands In Order To Return To Spurs
According to journalist Matteo Moretto writing for Relevo, Mauricio Pochettino has informed Tottenham that he would only return to the club if Harry Kane stays. This follows speculation from outlets such as Sky Sports that Kane may remain at Tottenham next season, with the North London club reportedly having no intention of letting the striker leave regardless of where they finish this season or whether he signs a new deal.
However, Moretto claims that Kane still remains at the top of Manchester United’s wishlist ahead of the summer transfer window. The journalist has been made aware by an agent that the 29-year-old would prefer to stay in the Premier League and would thus consider a switch to Old Trafford.
Tottenham is currently locked in talks with Kane over a new deal and the next few weeks could prove ‘crucial’ in the player’s final decision. Moretto added that Spurs’ decision on who to appoint as the next manager could have a big impact on the striker’s future.
Kane has a ‘great relationship’ with Pochettino and the Argentine’s first demand is that the centre-forward should stay if he is to return to Hotspur Way. If Tottenham finishes in the top four and if the club were to convince Pochettino to return, it is believed that Kane will stay and sign a new deal.
However, it does not appear as if Fabio Paratici, Tottenham’s Managing Director of Football, is particularly keen on the prospect of bringing Pochettino back to the club. This could be a crucial factor in Kane’s decision to stay or leave.
The news that Pochettino would only return to Tottenham if Kane stays is likely to be welcomed by Spurs fans who have seen the striker develop into one of the best players in the world. Kane has been linked with a move away from the club for some time, with Manchester United being one of the teams most frequently mentioned.
However, it remains to be seen whether Kane will stay at Tottenham beyond this season. The striker has been in outstanding form this season, with 19 goals and 13 assists in 28 Premier League appearances. He has also been in impressive form for England, scoring four goals in the recent World Cup qualifiers.
Kane has made no secret of his desire to win trophies and it is believed that he may be tempted to leave Tottenham if the club does not show significant progress in that regard. Spurs have not won a major trophy since the League Cup in 2008 and have come close on a number of occasions in recent years, reaching the final of the Champions League in 2019.
There have been suggestions that Kane could be convinced to stay if Tottenham appoints a high-profile manager to replace Jose Mourinho, who was sacked in April 2021. Pochettino is one name that has been mentioned, as has former Juventus boss Max Allegri.
Whoever is appointed, it is clear that the next few weeks could prove crucial in Kane’s future. Tottenham is currently fifth in the Premier League, three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with a game in hand. If they can finish in the top four and win the Europa League, it may be enough to convince Kane to stay.
However, if Kane does leave, Tottenham will face a huge challenge in finding a suitable replacement. The striker is one of the best in the world and has been a key part of the team for many years. His departure would leave a huge hole in the squad and finding a player of his calibre would not be easy.
In conclusion, Mauricio Pochettino’s demand that Harry Kane stays if he is to return to Tottenham is a significant development in the ongoing saga surrounding the striker’s future. While it remains to be seen whether Kane will stay or leave, the next few weeks could