Mauricio Pochettino confident Harry Kane will stay at Tottenham

Badavi Guseynov of Qarabag FK is challenged by Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur FC during the UEFA Europe League match
Image: Harry Kane scored Tottenham's winning goal against Qarabag to ensure qualification to the Europa League knockout phase

Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Kane's future is at Tottenham after watching the England forward fire his side into the knockout stages of the Europa League.

The 22-year-old has rediscovered his goalscoring touch in recent weeks after a slow start to the season and netted his ninth goal in six matches in the 1-0 victory over Group J minnows Qarabag in Baku on Thursday

According to widespread newspaper reports, Chelsea and Manchester United are interested in signing the in-form Spurs frontman, who only penned a new five-and-a-half year contract to remain at White Hart Lane in February. 

However, Pochettino insists Kane wants to remain at Tottenham and feels links with England's "big clubs" are only a reflection of his superb form.  

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

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - NOVEMBER 26: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur FC is congratulated on scoring the opening goal by Son Heung-min during the UEFA Europe Lea
Image: Son Heung-min congratulates Kane on his strike

"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 try the next few years to try for the top four and win titles with Tottenham. This is his challenge."

Pochettino sprang a surprise by picking Kane in a strong starting line-up against Qarabag, despite facing Chelsea less than 72 hours later.

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But the move paid off as Kane nodded in the winner to ensure Tottenham's longest-ever journey for a competitive fixture - a 5,000-mile round trip to the capital of Azerbaijan - proved worthwhile as they made the last-32 with a match to spare.

Mauricio Pochettino hugs Harry Kane, Tottenham v West Ham, Premier League
Image: Mauricio Pochettino says Kane's future is with Tottenham amid links over moves to Chelsea and Manchester United

"We are through to the next round and this was our objective," Pochettino added.

"The objective is gone now. We will make sure we will arrive in a good condition to play Chelsea. We have a strong squad and a strong mentality, with the maturity.

"It is true we arrive maybe not in the best condition to compete in the right way but respect to our medical staff for what they do, they will work during the flight and tomorrow we have a day off. On Saturday, we will assess."

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