Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham can't force Harry Kane to stay


Neil Ardley's League One side battled hard to keep out Spurs and despite being under the cosh came closest to scoring before the break.

Kane has always maintained he is happy at Spurs but Pochettino says Philippe Coutinho's move from Liverpool to Barcelona shows there can be no room for complacency.

Michael Owen is backing Tottenham Hotspur to beat AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup third round at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.

Like the rest of the Premier League's front-runners, Spurs look unable to chase down Manchester City, so going better than last term's run to the FA Cup semi-finals could be crucial in keeping hold of Kane.

After making it clear he thinks the club should be fighting for the top four, and also making sure they do well in Europe, it was claimed he does not think winning one of the domestic cups is good enough for the club, yet he says that could not be further from the truth.

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Kane, who scored an incredible 56 goals in 2017, has been regularly linked with interest from Europe's big guns but has stuck with boyhood club Spurs.

Kane would not be the first player Tottenham have sold to Madrid in recent seasons with Gareth Bale breaking the then-transfer record to sign the Welshman in the summer of 2013.

Spurs will welcome their London neighbours in the domestic cup competition as AFC Wimbledon get the chance to play at the home of English football. I told him only a few special players can spend all their career in one club.

'That's why it's important to work together and try to achieve all we want. He seems like [Roma legend, Francesco Totti].

"It is today, the present, tomorrow, after tomorrow you need to doubt. So it's important that we must achieve everything we want together".