Pochettino responds when asked about Manchester United's reported interest in Harry Kane

Mauricio Pochettino is seemingly amused by speculation over Harry Kane's future at Tottenham.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has told the London Evening Standard that he 'smiles' at rumours linking Harry Kane with a move to Manchester United.

Kane, 22, thrived under Pochettino last season, hitting 31 goals in the Argentine's debut campaign at White Hart Lane - and despite a slower start to this season, it seems that there are clubs interested in his signature.

The Sun reported earlier this week that Manchester United are ready to step up their pursuit of Kane, given that Louis van Gaal's men are struggling to score goals - even after signing Anthony Martial from Monaco on transfer deadline day in September.

Trying to convince Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to sell his prized asset would surely be a virtually impossible task, and Real Madrid were certainly made to work when they lured Luka Modric and Gareth Bale to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Now, speaking ahead of Monday night's clash with Aston Villa, Pochettino has been asked by the London Evening Standard for his opinion on the rumours linking Kane with a move to Old Trafford - and he simply laughed off the reports as mere rumours, stating that they are now part and parcel of football.

"I smile because the rumours are always there," said Pochettino. "The rumours are the rumours. Even now it is too early to start speaking about rumours but you know in football it is normal," he added.

Last weekend's hat-trick against Bournemouth has given fans hope that Kane can once again get back on the goal trail this season, but the more goals he scores, the more rumours will begin to swirl about his future at Tottenham - even though he has come up through the ranks with the club.

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