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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 18 September 2018

Pochettino: Morata went to Chelsea over Tottenham as he feared Kane

The Tottenham Hotspur manager said the Spanish striker had been interested in move to join Pochettino, but he did not believe he would play regularly with England forward Kane at club already.

Alvaro Morata was reportedly at one stage interested in a move to Tottenham Hotspur, but did not believe he would get regular game time at the club because of Harry Kane's presence. Alexander Hassenstein / Bongarts / Getty Images
Alvaro Morata was reportedly at one stage interested in a move to Tottenham Hotspur, but did not believe he would get regular game time at the club because of Harry Kane's presence. Alexander Hassenstein / Bongarts / Getty Images

Mauricio Pochettino claims Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata turned down the chance of a move to Tottenham - because he feared being back-up to Harry Kane.

Morata joined the Premier League champions this summer from Real Madrid for £58 million (Dh281.2m), two years after Pochettino tried to tempt the player to Spurs.

However, the Spain international apparently rejected the move because of the presence of Kane at White Hart Lane.

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Pochettino, quoted by several newspapers, said: "Morata talked about myself, in the media he said 'Mauricio called me'. That was two years ago or more.

"He said to me: 'Why do you want me if you have Harry Kane? You know, if you go to try to sign a striker, they will say: 'eh gaffer, you want me for what? To be on the bench? I can't compete with Harry Kane or Hugo Lloris or different players.'

"It's so difficult to convince good players to come and then be on the bench. Then the problems start."

Kane has been the Premier League's leading goalscorer for the last two seasons and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte last week said if there was one striker he could sign it would be the 24-year-old England international, who he described as "a complete player".

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