Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino would not be surprised if Real Madrid wanted to sign Harry Kane but insists the striker has no interest in leaving White Hart Lane.
Kane has scored 13 goals for Spurs already this season and is reportedly attracting interest from the Spanish giants, who have previously lured Luka Modric and Gareth Bale away from North London.
Tottenham also insisted Bale would not be sold before accepting a world record fee for the winger in 2013, but Pochettino believes Kane, who joined the club’s academy when he was 11 years old and grew up in Chingford, is a special case.
“I didn’t see the rumour but it doesn’t surprise me,” Pochettino said.
“Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in Europe or in the world.
“It would not surprise me if some big clubs are interested in him but it’s only a rumour.
“He is not for sale and the good thing is Harry wants to stay with us, this is the most important thing.
“Sometimes a manager can say a player is not for sale but if the player wants to leave there are a lot of examples when it happens.
“But in this case the good thing is Tottenham do not want to sell him and Harry Kane wants to stay with us.”
Spurs host Leicester in the FA Cup third round on Sunday, three days before playing the Foxes again in the league.
Both teams are gunning for a place in the top four this season and Pochettino admits he may rotate his side after a busy Christmas period.
“It’s not a distraction, the FA Cup is the oldest competition in the world. We respect the competition a lot,” Pochettino said.
“We have a strong squad. It’s true we come off a very busy period in Christmas.
“But it’s a good opportunity, maybe for some players who cannot play consistently play in the Premier League, to show their quality and fight for their place in the team.”
Ryan Mason and Mousa Dembele will both miss the match with ankle injuries while Clinton Njie is out with a knee problem.
Alex Pritchard is close to resuming first team training after four months out with an ankle injury but the winger is still some way short of match fitness.