Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that the club cannot hold on to key player Harry Kane, if he decides to leave.

Kane has cemented his place as one of the world’s best strikers, but is yet to win a trophy at club level.

Even though he’s previously spoken of desire to stay at the club, Pochettino admits that the club would be powerless if that changes.

He used the example of Philippe Coutinho, who recently forced his way to Barcelona in a 142 million-pound deal.

“Liverpool is one of the best clubs in the world and look when Coutinho or a player like Coutinho wants to leave,” Pochettino said.

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“With Coutinho, I think Liverpool wanted to keep him but it is difficult to keep him, and look what happened with Cristiano Ronaldo with Manchester [United], Zidane with Juventus, Figo with Barcelona.

“It is a lot of examples that [show] it is so, so, so tough for everyone to keep your best player if the player in some moment turns their mind and says, ‘Now I want to leave’.

“That is why it is so important how you care [for] your players. That is why, how you need to anticipate things.

“I think it is so important to work on the human side to try to provide, the club, the player, the team, an exciting moment and to try of course to create and build a project that they feel comfortable and happy to be with you.”