The Sky Sports pundit, Paul Merson, suggested Kane would want to leave Spurs because of Mourinho’s pragmatic style of play and picked apart the England captain’s performance in Friday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
But Mourinho, reading from a piece of paper in a clearly planned response, listed the scoring stats of former strikers: Didier Drogba, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Diego Milito, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic and said Kane would have no issues scoring goals.
“I feel a bit strange at some analysis and some comments, especially as it looks for me at the beginning of some comments and analysis have started from Paul (Merson),” Mourinho said at his pre-match press conference previewing Tuesday’s visit of West Ham.
“I have to say I respect a lot of people like him and because I respect him a lot, I want to be nice in my answer. I don’t think he’s ready for a bad answer so I try to be nice and say something that people can think a little bit.
“First of all Harry played his first game for six months.
“The record of goals that Harry has for me is easy for me. Go to your data and it’s easy to see how many matches he played with me and how many goals he scored before his injury.
“I had a few strikers that played for me and they’re not bad. I have a guy called (Didier) Drogba, he played for me (for) four seasons.* Drogba scored 73 goals in 186 games for Chelsea.
“I had another guy who is also not bad, plays for Juventus now (Ronaldo). He played for me (for) three seasons, he scored 186 goals, which gives an average of 56 goals per season.
“I had another guy who is also not bad, called Karim Benzema. He played for me (for) three seasons, he was not always starting because he was quite young at the time, he scored 78 goals in three seasons, which gives a 26-goal average per season.
“I had another called (Diego) Milito, he played one season, he scored 30 goals, won three titles.
“I had another guy, he played for one-and-a-half seasons, in the other half he had a big injury. A tall guy called Zlatan (Ibrahimovic). He scored 58 goals, which gives a 29 average per season.
“So dear Paul, I have lots of respect for you. I think Harry Kane has no problem at all to score goals in my teams, especially when he’s fit and fresh and has routines of playing. That’s my message to somebody I have lots of respect for.”