Cesc Fabregas believes Harry Kane would be the perfect replacement for Karim Benzema at Real Madrid and insisted he has the right mentality to deal with the pressure of playing for the Spanish giants.
England star Kane is desperate to win silverware and has made his intentions to leave Tottenham this summer clear, but chairman Daniel Levy is digging his heels in in an attempt to keep hold of the striker.
Manchester City and United have been heavily linked with a move for Kane, who would likely cost in excess of £100million, while Madrid have been long-time admirers of him.
Cesc Fabregas believes England star Harry Kane would be a perfect fit at Real Madrid
Karim Benzema’s still a world-class operator at 33 but Fabregas said Kane could replace him
A summer move to Madrid however doesn’t seem to be on the cards for Kane with Benzema still proving to be prolific despite his ageing years and the club instead fully focused on luring Kylian Mbappe away from Paris Saint-Germain in a money-spinning deal.
But former Chelsea and Barcelona midfielder Fabregas feels that Kane is tailor-made for Madrid and would be a fitting choice to succeed Benzema.
‘For a long time I have felt that Harry Kane would be the perfect replacement for Karim Benzema at Real Madrid,’ Fabregas said in his Telegraph column.
‘Of course, Benzema showed again at the European Championships that he is not going anywhere and that he is playing very, very well, but the fact I even think Kane is capable of taking over from him in Madrid shows how highly I rate him.
Kane wants to leave Tottenham this summer to fulfill his ambition of winning trophies
Harry Kane’s numbers last season
Karim Benzema’s numbers last season
‘The pressure at Madrid, like it was at Barcelona, is not something every player could cope with. But if Benzema ever left or ever started to slow down a little bit, then Kane would be the right guy for them.
‘Even without knowing him very well myself, you can see that he has a good mentality and you hear from other people that he works and trains hard. Jose Mourinho, as people saw on the documentary, always talks about Kane very, very highly. He has what you want from your captain and he has what you need to be a top player.’
The 27-year-old, who enjoyed another productive season for Tottenham last term, scoring 23 goals in the Premier League to claim the golden boot, got his Euro 2020 campaign up and running on Tuesday as he netted his first of the tournament in the 2-0 victory over Germany.
Kane had been under intense scrutiny after failing to find the net and some underwhelming performances in his first three matches, but Fabregas believes that the whole England team will now fancy their chances of going all the way after he ended his barren spell.
Ex-Barcelona man Fabregas insisted Kane has what you need to cope with Madrid pressures
The England striker got his Euro 2020 campaign up and running in the 2-0 win over Germany
He added: ‘His goal for England against Germany will not only give Kane confidence, but it will give his team a lot of confidence as well that they can now reach the final of the Euros.
‘The rest of the players will believe that his goal will take him to the next level where he always was and there will be a feeling that he is going to keep scoring whenever he gets a chance.
‘It is so important for a team to have a striker who is in good form because you know they can change a game for you even if things are difficult or the performance is maybe not going so well. It takes a bit of pressure off everybody if you have someone you are confident will score in every game.
‘It will be important for Kane too. I’ve no doubt that he would have been a little bit frustrated until the Germany game that things weren’t really going his way and he would have felt heavy because he’s not only the striker, but also the captain and England’s best player. Everybody trusts him to deliver, so it will do him a lot of good to have got that first goal of the tournament.’
Fabregas said England will fancy their chances of reaching the final after Kane broke his duck
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