Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Kane is a big part of Spurs' future

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The Tottenham favourite has been linked with Manchester United for much of 2015.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino was asked about the club's stance when it came to the possibility of selling Harry Kane, in comments published by the Mail in the club's press conference ahead of the match with Stoke this weekend, with the Premier League star closely linked to Manchester United for much of the summer.

And unsurprisingly, when asked about whether Kane would be a Spurs player for this season, the Argentine had a very straight answer for the media.

"Of course, he's a big part of my plan, Harry Kane," Pochettino is quoted as saying in the Mail. "We're confident and his commitment is fantastic - all of this is just rumours."

Kane has found himself explode into one of the highest profile English footballers around today after a sensational breakthrough season at boyhood club Spurs, with the 22-year-old scoring a unbelievable 31 goals, more than any Tottenham forward had managed in 23 years.

The attacker carried this momentum into his brief England career, scoring on his debut in a qualifier against Lithuania, while Kane also impressed in post season friendlies in Malaysia and Australia, as well as the game with the MLS All-Stars in July, meaning football fans across the globe would have had the chance to hear about him turning up and shining in their neck of the woods.

There have been strong reports linking Kane to Old Trafford in the English press over the last six months, and though there has been little from either camp hinting that any level of negotiation was underway, the likes of the Mirror have said in the last week that United had "made discreet enquiries", something that surely wouldn't have gone down well at White Hart Lane, where they are looking to build their team around the Englishman.

Pochettino's words should underline the fact that Tottenham selling Kane to anyone, let alone one of their rivals for the top four, is in all honesty one of the more unlikely transfers proposed this summer.

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