Harry Kane

Mauricio Pochettino “optimistic” over Harry Kane playing in the Champions League final

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has offered a positive update over Harry Kane’s possible involvement in the Champions League final.

The 25-year-old has been sidelined since last month’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg against Manchester City.

However, Kane is making a positive recovery, and returned to the training pitches at Hotspur Way this week.

Pochettino on Kane: “We are optimistic over about his presence on the field”

Harry Kane

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – MAY 08: Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko of Tottenham Hotspur celebrate after the final whistle during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur at the Johan Cruyff Arena on May 08, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

The Argentine manager has revealed that the club are “optimistic” over Harry Kane playing against Liverpool.

The striker has just over one week to continue his recovery in time for the final in Madrid.

Pochettino’s latest comments give no hints away as to whether Kane will start from the off or come off the bench.

But they do suggest that he is winning the race to be ready in time to play a part on June 1.

Pochettino said:

“Harry Kane is training, not with the group yet. But he is in a good stage of recovery.

“We hope he can be there to help. Help from the beginning, from the bench or as moral support in the dressing room.

“But we are optimistic over his possible presence on the field, which is the best he can do.”

Pochettino: “I will make decisions about my future after the final”

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – MAY 08: Mauricio Pochettino head coach/manager of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with his players and coaching staff at full time during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur at the Johan Cruyff Arena on May 8, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

The 47-year-old has been linked with a move away from Spurs, with the Juventus job having recently become available.

But, of course, right now, his focus is on the biggest game of his career, and he has put speculation over his future on hold until after the final.

Pochettino admitted:

“I will make decisions about my future after the final, it is important to know what the club’s future plan is. 

“We need reinforcements, we need reinforcements. 

“The Champions League, our goal to finish building our stadium.

“Real Madrid? I have no other goals if I am not training Tottenham; football takes you where you deserve.”

Staying or going, Pochettino is fully focused on the final

Pochettino recently spoke about how he will discuss with the club their ambitions after the final is complete.

Winning the Champions League could prove to be job done in N17 for the Argentine, but should he be offered the right tools, he could continue to make Spurs an even stronger force.

Currently, it is uncertain as to whether Daniel Levy will fully back his manager, but for now, the focus of everyone at Tottenham is very much on defeating Liverpool next Saturday.


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