Premier League: Alvaro Morata rejected Spurs move because of Harry Kane, claims Mauricio Pochettino


London: New Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata turned down a move to Tottenham Hotspur because he feared the competition from striker Harry Kane, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has claimed.

Morata, 24, joined champions Chelsea from Real Madrid last month for a reported fee of £58 million ($76.8 million, €64.7 million).

Soccer Football - Chelsea vs Bayern Munich - International Champions Cup - Singapore - July 25, 2017 Chelsea's Alvaro Morata in action REUTERS/Yong Teck Lim - RTX3CTZB

Chelsea's Alvaro Morata in action during a pre-season friendly against Bayern Munich. Reuters

Pochettino spoke to Morata about a move to Spurs two years ago and said the Spain international was deterred by the presence of the prolific Kane at White Hart Lane.

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

"He said to me: 'Why do you want me if you have Harry Kane?'"

Unlike their Premier League title rivals, Spurs are yet to make a significant close-season signing and the new campaign is just over a week away.


Spurs have mounted stirring title challenges in both of the past two campaigns and Pochettino said the strength of his first XI was deterring potential new recruits.

"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,'" he said.

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


Published Date: Aug 02, 2017 02:51 pm | Updated Date: Aug 02, 2017 02:52 pm


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