Real Madrid boss Zidane heralds ‘complete player’ Harry Kane

Date published: Monday 16th October 2017 6:26

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has been talking about Harry Kane at his press conference on Monday.

The England forward has been linked with a big-money to the reigning Champions League winners and asked whether we would  see Kane at Real Madrid, the Frenchman replied: “I do not know what will happen in the future.

“He is a key player for Tottenham He is very good at everything, the best thing is that he always has the goal in his head.

“He does not just stay (still) on the field, but he always attacks space at speed.

“He is a complete player. He did not seem to be one (at first), but in the end, he is.”

Zidane was speaking before Tuesday’s Champions League clash between the clubs. Spurs travel to the Bernabeu on Tuesday night with Kane looking to add to the 10 goals in 11 games he has plundered already this season.

Tottenham have always maintained that Kane is not for sale at any price, but Dario Gol last week claimed Madrid were prepared to offer a deal with €200m with as many as three Real players involved.

Karim Benzema and former Spurs stars Gareth Bale and Luka Modric were the players named who may be offered in exchange for Kane, but for now the England man remains focused on Tottenham.

Kane has shown no desire to leave Tottenham, but given he is yet to taste trophy success with the club, and given he’s at the top of Tottenham’s wages payment ceiling at £100,000 a week, the player may well be tempted if Real showed their colours.

Discussing whether he would ever play abroad, Kane recently said: “I would never say no or yes. You’d not rule out anything.

“It’s not something I definitely want to do, but you never rule anything out.

“I’m very happy here (at Tottenham), but we’ll see what happens.”

Kane already has five goals from Tottenham’s opening two group games against Borussia Dortmund and Apoel Nicosia, with some billing this week’s meeting at the Santiago Bernabeu as a showdown between him and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo scored the winner in Madrid’s 2-1 win over Getafe on Saturday while Marca, a football newspaper in the Spanish capital, even pictured Kane’s face on its Monday front page, together with the headline ‘Harry el Fuerte’, meaning ‘Harry the Strong’.

“We know he is a very good player and things are going well for him but Tottenham is not just Kane – they are a very good team and we will prepare for the game very well,” Zidane said.

Zinedine Zidane: At Tuesday's press conference at Valdebebas

“We are playing against a very good team and that is good for us – it encourages us to play a good match.

“Tottenham has always been a great club, but they are constantly improving and they have a great coach. It will be a good game between two strong teams. It will be the group final.”

Madrid and Tottenham are certainly the early front-runners in Group H, each sitting on six points while Dortmund and Apoel are yet to get off the mark.

It means this fixture represents something of a free hit for Mauricio Pochettino’s side and they will also be boosted by the absence of their former hero Bale.

Zidane could not guarantee the Wales forward would even be fit for the return fixture at Wembley, which takes place in just over a fortnight’s time.

“I can’t tell you if he will be in the second match,” Zidane said.

“I hope he will be with us soon – if he can play against Tottenham in London, that’s great, but I can’t take it for granted.”

Mateo Kovacic is still out with a knee injury and Dani Carvajal is recovering from a heart problem but goalkeeper Keylor Navas is hoping to shake off a thigh strain and could return.

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