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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata was linked with a move to Tottenham two years ago, before a record-breaking move to Chelsea during the summer.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said that Morata was scared of joining Spurs because of Harry Kane.

Recalling the event, Pochettino said: “He said to me, ‘Why do you want me if you have Harry Kane?”’

Morata has now replied the Spurs boss and rubbished his claims of being afraid of Kane.

He told Sky Sports: “No it’s not true. I spoke with him and he said he wanted both [of us] to play together, but there was no chance to come to Tottenham.

“For sure I would like to play with Kane, he’s a big player, one of the best strikers in the world, but in this moment when I spoke with [Pochettino] there was no chance to leave Real Madrid.”

Morata who came to Chelsea as a direct replacement for Diego Costa also revealed his admiration for the former Chelsea forward.

He continued: “He is a very good player and a good man too. I’m Diego’s friend and when I came here I knew that is was a big responsibility to replace him, but I’ve tried to do well.

“Always when we are together in the Spanish team, we talk about football and life. We talk about everything and I always say thanks to Diego.”

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