Harry Kane's Future in His Hands Amid Real Madrid Talk, Says Mauricio Pochettino

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2018

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04:  Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur and Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur celebrate vicotry after the Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on February 4, 2018 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Harry Kane will decide his own future amid speculation linking him with Real Madrid, says Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino. 

According to MailOnline's Amitai Winehouse, Pochettino said of the striker's long-term future: 

"That is a question for him, not me. Of course, he wants to score goals and win titles but I cannot say anything more about this.

"He is so happy here and he loves Tottenham, but this is a personal question, regarding what he thinks and how he feels. I cannot answer for him."

Ian Herbert and Pete Jenson of the Daily Mail reported Kane is among Real's top summer targets alongside Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Manchester United's David De Gea.

It's to be expected the 24-year-old is on the radar of Europe's elite given his exploits for the Lilywhites in recent years.

The forward netted his 100th Premier League goal against Liverpool last Sunday and became the second-fastest player to reach that tally, per OptaJoe:

Kane has spearheaded an impressive rise at Spurs under Pochettino, but while they've developed into title challengers in recent years, they have no silverware to show for their efforts.

Everton star and former United stalwart Wayne Rooney believes that could soon lead to Kane's exit from Tottenham, as he told Sky Sports' Monday Night Football:

Kane has discussed his ambition to win titles:

While the striker evidently hopes to achieve that with Spurs, and he can cement his status there if he stays put, the lure of a club like Real Madrid and the trophies they can offer could well grow the longer Spurs go without winning something.

A player of Kane's calibre should be challenging for major honours every season, so it would not be too surprising if he were to follow in the footsteps of former Tottenham hero Gareth Bale and move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Kane has a stronger connection to the club than Bale did, though, and Spurs will hope that's enough if they're unable to meet his ambition for trophies.