Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has revealed that striker, Harry Kane, was why Chelsea forward, Alvaro Morata, turned down a move to the club two years ago.
Morata joined Chelsea last month from European champions, Madrid, putting pen to paper on a four-year contract worth £70million, becoming the club’s record signing.
Following comments by the Spaniard that he had spoken to Spurs years ago, concerning a move to White Hart Lane, Pochettino has now come out to confirm it, saying that Morata was put off because he wasn’t afraid of competition from top scorer, Harry Kane.
Morata talked about myself, in the media he said ‘Mauricio called me’. That was two years ago or more,” Pochettino said.
“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,” Pochettino added.
Kane, who Morata’s manager at Chelsea, Antonio Conte, described as ‘a complete striker,’ was the top scorer in the Premier League last season with 29goals.