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Trending: Harry Kane carries Tottenham's hopes at Real Madrid

Tuesday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending ...

TOTTENHAM: Harry Kane is the star name in English football and Tottenham's leading light but -- ahead of Tuesday's game at Real Madrid -- that status has still to be earned in the Champions League, Mark Ogden writes.

Mauricio Pochettino believes that Kane could spend his entire career at Tottenham, claiming the England forward has the connection to the club that may yet see him do for Spurs what Francesco Totti did for Roma.

- Pochettino says the challenge of playing against Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabeu will show how close his young Tottenham side are from taking the "last step" towards fulfilling their potential.

- Former Tottenham forward Rafael van der Vaart has told Press Association Sport that he wants to return to the club as a coach.

Tottenham say they are "astonished" by an article in Marca, Spain's best-selling daily newspaper, claiming that the club is "hated" for its Jewish origins.

REAL MADRID: Madrid are reported to be plotting a £150 million summer swoop for Harry Kane. More in Transfer Talk.

- Spurs' visit to Madrid gives Kane an audition in front of the Bernabeu faithful, Matt McGinn writes.

- Real are yet to hit top gear yet but should rise to the occasion for Spurs' Champions League visit, Graham Hunter writes.

Zinedine Zidane has described Harry Kane as a "complete player" but said Champions League opponents Tottenham are about more than the England striker.

- Goalkeeper Keylor Navas is set to start Tuesday's Champions League game against Tottenham after returning to training following a muscle problem.

- Cristiano Ronaldo and other football stars have expressed support on social media for the firefighters and victims of the fires that have ravaged Portugal and the north of Spain over the past few days.

MAN CITYMaurizio Sarri claims Manchester City are the strongest team in Europe and says he is more worried than when he faced eventual winners Real Madrid in the Champions League last season.

Raheem Sterling never doubted that Pep Guardiola wanted to keep him at Manchester City following interest from Arsenal in the summer.

- Kevin De Bruyne must win trophies if he is to be considered one of the world's greatest players, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said.

- Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has said he is worried his players could be "distracted" by praise from Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola.

MAN UNITEDManchester United are keeping tabs on Spain under-21 left-back Aaron Martin, sources have told ESPN FC.

Jose Mourinho has said he will "one day tell the truth" about his potential move to Barcelona that fell through in 2008.

- Louis van Gaal says he still views Jose Mourinho as a "very sympathetic guy," despite his reservations over the manner in which his former assistant replaced him at United.

- United have opened contract talks with defender Phil Jones, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.

LIVERPOOLDejan Lovren believes Romelu Lukaku deliberately struck him in the face in Liverpool's draw with Manchester United on the weekend.

- Jurgen Klopp says he is hopeful that Adam Lallana remains on course for a return to action in November.

- Liverpool's deadline-day signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be in line for his first Champions League start for the club after impressing Klopp.

- WATCH: Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool won't underestimate Maribor.

ARSENAL: Former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny believes he failed to develop at the Emirates because of less sophisticated coaching in the Premier League.

CHELSEA: Daniele De Rossi has spoken of his admiration for Chelsea manager Antonio Conte ahead of Roma's meeting with the Premier League champions on Wednesday.

BARCELONA: Barcelona's place in La Liga should not be affected by any moves toward Catalan independence, according to Jaume Roures of Mediapro, current international rights holders for the Spanish league.

- Barcelona are getting better and better because of the new approaches brought to the club by coach Ernesto Valverde, goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen says.

BORUSSIA DORTMUND: Former Bayern Munich midfielder Niko Kovac paved the way for U.S. international Christian Pulisic's transfer to Borussia Dortmund in 2014.

Borussia Dortmund's sporting director has urged the team to be "more courageous" as they head to Apoel Nicosia seeking their first points in Champions League Group H.

Jadon Sancho has returned to Borussia Dortmund as England under-17s prepare for their round-of-16 match against Japan at the Under-17 World Cup in India.

Twelve-year-old striker Youssoufa Moukoko continued his remarkable form as he scored a brace to help Borussia Dortmund's under-17 side produce a stunning late comeback to draw 4-4 against arch-rivals Schalke.

WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: Italy have been drawn against Sweden in the European playoffs for the 2018 World Cup, while Republic of Ireland will meet Denmark.

FIFA: Wales will face France in a friendly in Paris next month, the Football Association of Wales announced on Tuesday.

MLSThe investor/operator of the Columbus Crew SC is considering relocating the team to Austin, Texas, unless the city of Columbus can come up with a plan for a new downtown stadium, sources confirmed to ESPN FC.

Kaka bid a tearful farewell to Orlando City on Sunday, saying he "will always be a Lion forever" after his final game following three years with the MLS club.

UNITED STATES: The U.S. men's national team will play a friendly in Portugal on Nov. 14, both countries' federations announced on Monday.

United States under-17 coach John Hackworth told his players that it was up to them "to give hope to our country" after the senior U.S. team failed to qualify for the World Cup.

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