Mauricio Pochettino admits Tottenham may be forced to sell Harry Kane to Real Madrid – if the striker pushes for the move.
The England striker is a reported target for Real after staring for club and country in 2017, scoring a total of 56 goals.
Harry Kane ended 2017 in record-breaking style after netting a hat-trick in Tottenham Hotspur ’s 5-2 rout over Southampton on Boxing Day.
“Harry is world-class,” Pochettino commented after the Boxing Day win. “Today – one striker in the world, a specific position – who is better than Harry? It’s difficult to say he’s the best but he’s shown to everyone he’s one of the best.”
Meanwhile, Zinedine Zidane has refused to comment on Real’s interest and Pochettino has no plans to let him go.
But he concedes Tottenham may not be able to stand in Kane’s way, if he wants to leave.
“If you look at it from a the personal side, if the player asked to go like Modric or Bale, we would have to see but today that has not happened,” he told El Chiringuito de Jugones.
“I hope that Harry Kane will be here for many years and bring lots of goals and victories and win some titles, that’s what we want.
“Being responsible for a club like Tottenham, I would say if Real Madrid came, we would tell them we do not want to sell him. He would stay here and he would have to understand.
“Kane doesn’t have a price because we love him here. He is off the market.”
Kane is expected to start this evening’s league meeting against West Ham. He was on the bench in the win over Swansea but is set to start the London derby at Wembley.
Speaking after the clash against Swansea, Pochettino added: “‘We need to consider we are playing after 48 hours against West Ham, and the decision thinking the best for the team, the best for the player, and we are going to play in 48 hours, to manage that is so important.”