Kane is very happy at Spurs: Pochettino

LONDON • Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has warned Chelsea that disappointment awaits them if they decide to bid for Harry Kane in the January transfer window.

The striker struck the only goal - his ninth in his last six games - in the 78th minute in Azerbaijan on Thursday, ensuring that Spurs beat Qarabag 1-0 and made it through for the knockout stages of the Europa League.

The England forward's form and questions over Diego Costa's Stamford Bridge future have led to speculation that Kane could be a Chelsea target.

But Pochettino stressed that the 22-year-old, as well as France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, will not be leaving White Hart Lane.

"I am happy that a big club want our players - this is because they show they are top players with top performances," said the manager.

"But Harry, like Hugo Lloris, wants to stay here.

"He is one of the best players and he is very happy.

"He wants to grow up with us and hopefully in the next few years try for the top four and win titles with Tottenham.

"This is his challenge," he added.

Pochettino picked a strong starting XI against Qarabag even though Spurs face their third game in eight days when they host London rivals Chelsea at White Hart Lane tomorrow.

He made three changes to the side who beat West Ham 4-1 in the Premier League on Sunday, with Kyle Walker, Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele afforded rests.

But Kane was needed and he rewarded Pochettino by nodding home from a Christian Eriksen corner to leave his side needing a point from their last game against Monaco to ensure they top Group J.

The in-form striker admitted he was very happy to play.

"I'm feeling confident and every game that comes along, I feel like I'm going to score," he said.

"As a striker, you just want the games to be coming thick and fast, which they are at the moment."

With less than 72 hours between the matches against Qarabag and Chelsea, the striker will not have to wait too long for his next goalscoring opportunity.

He added: "It would be nice to score a hat-trick but it's going to be a tough game. We know how we've got to play - we've got to take the game to Chelsea."

REUTERS

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