Jose Mourinho believes that Tottenham striker Harry Kane is becoming more and more like a Real Madrid legend.
The England skipper is regarded one of the best finishers in world football, with 214 goals in 324 appearances for Spurs.
However, the 27-year-old has taken his game to new levels this season with the number of assists he is also providing for teammates.
And with his all-round game now maturing, Mourinho has compared Kane to France frontman Karim Benzema.
Mourinho said of Kane, heading into Sunday’s north London derby: “At this moment, you see Harry, you see Benzema who is 33 now.
“They are very intelligent, they drop back, they assist so they can transform their game, and later in their career instead of becoming the number nine target, they become the nine-and-a-half between the nine and the 10, and [can] they have football until they want. But it is too early at 27 to think about that.
“I have been lucky enough to work with players with great ambitions and it is not possible to have a career like mine without players with ambition.
“He [Kane] has that, [I have] no doubt that of course he wants to win matches, win trophies, [he is] totally committed with the club and the national team.
“He is a very good example of a top professional and he is a great example for everybody.”
Kane puts Zagreb to the sword
Kane was the star of the show again as he scored twice in the 2-0 Europa League win over Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday night.
That brace took him to 26 goals in 37 appearances in all competitions this season, although he did suffer a knock to his knee in that game.
However, speaking afterwards Mourinho did not seem overly worried about the injury: “Harry I don’t believe is anything big.
“Sunday is a match everyone wants to play and little things will not stop him. I don’t have the feeling it is anything serious.”