Mauricio Pochettino insists there is no chance Harry Kane will be allowed to leave Tottenham after his “special” striker’s four-goal blitz in the 6-1 rout of Leicester.
Kane is odds on to finish as the Premier League’s top scorer for the second successive season thanks to his lethal display at the King Power Stadium on Thursday.
The England international now has 26 goals, putting him two ahead of Everton’s Romelu Lukaku with one game remaining in the race for the golden boot.
It was the kind of predatory performance that Pochettino believes further enhances Kane’s reputation as one of the world’s best finishers.
Inevitably, Europe’s top clubs will be considering mega-money bids for Kane in the close season, but Pochettino has no intention of selling his prize asset at any cost.
“It is very clear we will keep the players we want to keep,” Pochettino said.
“We are so calm about our key players. They are happy here, we have an exciting project.”
Kane’s fifth Premier League hat-trick in just over two years took him to 32 goals in all competitions this season, four more than he managed last term and one more than the 31 he bagged in the 2014-15 season.
The 23-year-old would surely have scored more than 40 if he hadn’t missed two chunks of this season with ankle injuries, and Pochettino spoke glowing about Kane’s appetite for success.
“We feel so proud of Harry, to score four goals was fantastic,” Pochettino said.
“He was injured twice this season but he is so fresh now and he is trying to score a lot of goals to finish at the top.
“Harry’s a special player, he loves Tottenham. He means a lot for the team.
“I tell you always that he’s one of the best strikers in the world. His performances show that we are right.”
Kane can wrap up the golden boot by getting on the scoresheet again in Tottenham’s final game at Hull on Sunday and he is already hungry for more after his first professional four-goal haul.
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