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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 11 December 2018

Tottenham striker Kane finds Pochettino's constant public praise 'boring'

Last season's Premier League runners-up begin the new season with a trip to Newcastle United on Sunday.

Harry Kane and Tottenham Hotspur start their Premier League season against Newcastle United on Sunday. Stephen Pond / Getty Images
Harry Kane and Tottenham Hotspur start their Premier League season against Newcastle United on Sunday. Stephen Pond / Getty Images

Harry Kane has told Mauricio Pochettino he is "bored" of hearing the Tottenham Hotspur manager lavish him with praise, the Argentine said.

Kane, 24, will register his 100th goal for the club if he scores in Sunday's Premier League match at Newcastle United, a milestone he will have reached in 166 games.

"It's a massive achievement. I think Harry is one of the best strikers in the world. It gets boring because I repeat it," Pochettino said.

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"Harry finds it boring sometimes and says 'please gaffer, move on because always you say the same thing'. He's a fantastic professional. We hope that on Sunday he'll score."

Tottenham's season opener will be played against a backdrop of Danny Rose's criticism of the club's pay structure and transfer strategy.

Rose apologised for his comments on Friday and Pochettino has sought to move on, forgiving the England full-back, but the club's failure to sign a player this summer while letting Kyle Walker join Manchester City has raised doubts over their ability to compete for the title.

Pochettino, however, has said Tottenham will keep faith in their approach in the belief it will be rewarded.

"Always in my life I try to win. When I play with my son or my wife, I try to win. I am so competitive. We are so competitive and ambitious," Pochettino said.

"It's a big challenge for us to make Tottenham a winning team, to build a strong mentality to challenge the big sides like Manchester United and Manchester City who are spending a lot of money.

"When you see our philosophy and the way we work, it's so exciting. We try to win in a different way to other clubs. We are unique and try to be strong and have no doubt when people are doubting about us. We are so calm and relaxed. We will assess at the end of the season if we are right or not."

* Press Association