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Harry Kane responds to former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino joining Chelsea.

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Harry Kane responds to former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino joining Chelsea.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane has wished Mauricio Pochettino luck in his new post as Chelsea manager, but believes the Blues will still finish second behind Spurs.

The Argentine was confirmed as Chelsea’s new manager on Monday after signing a two-year contract extension with the option of another year. He will begin his new post formally at the beginning of next month.

Pochettino faces a massive rebuilding task, with Chelsea finishing 12th and scoring the fewest points (44) in Premier League history after a disastrous season.

Eighth-placed Tottenham did not do much better, missing out on a place in Europe as well, and they, too, have been seeking for a new permanent head coach for the past two months.

Surprisingly, after having overseen their highest-ever Premier League points count and guiding the squad to the Champions League final in 2019, the north Londoners never contacted former manager Pochettino.

Kane made his breakthrough under the Argentine, and despite accepting a job offer from Tottenham’s fierce London rivals, he maintains he has no ill will towards his former boss.

‘Mauricio was a wonderful manager for me,’ England captain Harry Kane told Reuters at a New York event. Great individual, and an even better coach.’He was a huge assistance in getting me to where I am now. So I’m quite grateful to him.’

‘Everyone has their career, everyone has their future,’ he said of Pochettino’s transfer to Chelsea, which has not gone down well with Tottenham fans. So all I can say is that I wish him the best of luck.

‘I hope he does well – just obviously not as well as us!’

Pochettino had previously ruled out ever managing Arsenal due to his connection with Spurs, but this did not prove a deterrent when it came to taking over at Chelsea, despite the two teams enjoying an only considerably less fierce rivalry.

‘I would never train Barcelona or Arsenal because I am tied to Tottenham. I grew up at Newell’s and I would never train Rosario Central,’ said the Argentine in 2019, shortly after leaving Spurs.

‘This is my choice. I would rather work on my farm in Argentina than go to such locations.’

Tottenham, meanwhile, are still looking for a permanent manager to replace Antonio Conte, who was fired more than two months ago, with Celtic’s Ange Postecoglou the current leader, but any decision would have to wait until after Saturday’s Scottish Cup final.

Harry Kane responds to former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino joining Chelsea.

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