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Mauricio Pochettino has revealed new Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata turned down a move to Tottenham because he didn’t want to be back-up to Harry Kane.

In an interview published my multiple national newspapers, Pochettino spoke about being in contact with Morata while he was still a Real Madrid player.

Pochettino said: “Morata talked about myself, in the media he said ‘Mauricio called me’. That was two years ago or more.

“He said to me: ‘Why do you want me if you have Harry Kane? You know, if you go to try to sign a striker, they will say: ‘eh gaffer, you want me for what? To be on the bench? I can’t compete with Harry Kane or Hugo Lloris or different players.’

“It’s so difficult to convince good players to come and then be on the bench. Then the problems start.”

The Spurs manager’s quotes demonstrate the problem the club has had with recruitment this summer. It’s almost impossible to sign players that can compete with the likes of Kane without paying them more than the current top earners.

 

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