Former Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov has lavished praise on Harry Kane while suggesting that the Spurs talisman is one of the best players in world football at the moment after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese coach assured the 27-year-old that he would help him to ‘explode’ and reach the same status as ‘the movie stars of football’, with the striker responding that he wants to reach Messi and Ronaldo’s level.
Berbatov believes that the England captain is just one step away from those two greats and compared Kane’s passing ability to that of Manchester City midfielder, Kevin De Bruyne.
Speaking to Betfair (as relayed by talkSPORT), the Bulgarian said: “After [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo, Harry Kane and Robert Lewandowski are two of the best talents in our sport.
“Kane’s assist at the weekend, that’s next level s***, you expect that from Kevin De Bruyne. The Spurs man is consistently proving that he can be that no.10, not just be upfront poaching goals.”
Kane has struck up an excellent partnership with Heung-min Son at the start of the season, with the England striker setting up six of Son’s seven goals in the Premier League so far (Premierleague.com).
Berbatov, who himself had a brilliant understanding with Robbie Keane during his time at Spurs, admitted that he has been impressed by Kane and Son’s linkup.
He added: “Kane and [Heung-min] Son are a joy to watch, they are two magnificent players who know each other perfectly.
“They remind me of me and [Robbie] Keano, they are almost telepathic. They understand that football isn’t a selfish game, that when you try to set up your teammate and play for them, you end up playing better yourself and it helps the team.”
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Berbatov and Keane were a brilliant partnership for the two years they spent together at Spurs and they often did not get the credit they deserved for how well they worked together. However, the Kane and Son partnership is arguably even better. Just like with Keano and Berba, they seem to know exactly what each other is going to do whenever they have the ball. The understanding might seem telepathic but it is clear that it comes from being repeatedly drilled in the training field. So, Mourinho also deserves credit for how well the pair have linked up this season.
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