Jose Mourinho made Harry Kane transfer ultimatum to Spurs chief Daniel Levy before signing

Posted Thursday, November 21, 2019 by

Jose Mourinho made Harry Kane transfer ultimatum to Spurs chief Daniel Levy before signing
Jose Mourinho only joined Tottenham because Spurs promised not to sell Harry Kane (Image: GETTY)

The Special One was only willing to replace Mauricio Pochettino based on a promise made by the Spurs chairman.

Jose Mourinho only shook hands on becoming the new Tottenham manager after Daniel Levy promised Harry Kane would not be sold until June 2021 at the earliest.

The Portuguese has been given 50 per cent more pay than Mauricio Pochettino to manage Tottenham – but no more money to spend in the transfer window.

The Argentine’s departure had been hurried by a series of complaints about how little the club was prepared to invest in players compared to its rivals in the Premier League – souring his relationship with the Tottenham chairman.

Negotiations with Mourinho started at 10.30pm on Tuesday night, leading to announcement of his appointment until June 2023 at 6.30am the following morning.

His salary could reach £15m-a-year, dwarfing the £8.5m figure paid to Pochettino.

However, during the talks, the Portuguese was warned he would still be limited in what he can spend.

With his usual no. 2 Rui Faria currently engaged in front line management in Qatar, it was a newly—assembled team that greeted the players at the club’s state-of-the-art training ground at 3pm.

Joao Sacramento from Lille is Mourinho’s assistant, and arrived from the French club with goalkeeping coach Nuno Santos. Carlos Lalin is the new fitness coach while Giovanni Cerra and Ricardo Formoshino have joined the analysis team.

His initial message was a simple one calling the players to pull together, although he subsequently had more in-depth one-on-one conversations with certain stars including Kane himself.

While Mourinho is happy to dispense with contract rebels Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld if they do not commit to new deals, Kane is seen as a vital ingredient if Tottenham are to end their desperate search for silverware to fulfil their promise.

Sales from those three players in January may be all Mourinho has to invest before the summer, but the 56-year-old is more than happy with the terms of his employment.

“I really like this squad and looking to the young players there is not one manager in the world that doesn’t like to play young players and to help young players to develop,” Mourinho insisted.

“The problem is that sometimes you get into clubs where the work that is below you is not good enough to produce these players.

“So I look to our history - the academy is always giving the talents that the first team need.”

And Mourinho was in no doubt about what extra ingredient he himself would be bringing to the table.

“What can I promise? Passion, real passion,” he said. “Passion for my job, but also passion for my club.

“That’s the way I have been all my career and I want to try, obviously, everything to bring happiness to everyone who loves the club.”



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