Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Chelsea's new signing Alvaro Morata rejected a move to Spurs because he feared the competition from striker Harry Kane.

Pochettino said he approached Morata two years ago to join Tottenham, but the presence of Kane discouraged him.

"Morata talked about myself, in the media he said: 'Mauricio called me.' That was two years ago or more," Pochettino said, in comments published by several British newspapers on Wednesday.

"He said to me: 'Why do you want me if you have Harry Kane?'"

Unlike their Premier League title rivals, Spurs are yet to make a significant close-season signing and the new campaign is just over a week away.

24-year-old Morata joined champions Chelsea from Real Madrid last month for a reported fee of 58 million ($76.8 million, 64.7 million euros).

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