Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has hinted that the club could have a problem if Harry Kane decides to follow the example set by Luka Modric and Gareth Bale and asks to move to Real Madrid.

Kane scored 56 goals last calendar year, more than Ronaldo or Messi, and there have been numerous reports linking him to Real Madrid. He was also top of a Marca poll of Madrid fans as favourite to replace the current No. 9 Karim Benzema.

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As a result, there have been suggestions that Spur’s chairman, Daniel Levy, is willing to break the club’s wage structure and offer Kane £200,000 a week. It would make him the highest paid Englishman in the game but it is below the reported £350,000 a week that Wales international Bale makes.

Pochettino recently recalled how the club was unable to stop Modric and Bale forcing moves in the past but expressed hope that Kane would stay for “many years” and hopefully win some trophies.

“If a player asks you to leave, as happened with Modric and Bale at that time… we will see what happens,” Pochettino said. “That has not happened as of yet. As someone responsible for a club like Tottenham, I would say if Real Madrid came, we would not want to sell him. He would stay here and he would have to understand.”

There have even been suggestions that Bale could return to Spurs as part of a deal to take Kane to Madrid. However, Pochettino seems to think it is unlikely that Bale could be persuaded to return.

There have also been hints that Pochettino aspires to coach Real Madrid himself, but so far there is very little to suggest that this will happen in the near future.