Jan Vertonghen has said he would not give out Harry Kane in exchange for any striker in the world, even Wednesday’s opponent Cristiano Ronaldo.
“They’re both unbelievable players. Ronaldo has his qualities and Harry has his,” Vertonghen said. “We have to respect Ronaldo for what he’s done and the level he’s still showing. But Harry for me is one of the best No. 9s in Europe and he’s shown that every week. I wouldn’t swap Harry for any player at the moment.”
Asked if Spurs can beat the Spanish and European champions without Kane, Vertonghen said: “Yes, definitely, I can’t see why not.
“Harry is a very important player on and off the pitch for this group and having him is always a major boost but definitely we can beat them. That’s our intention. With or without Harry Kane, we go for the win.”
The 24-year-old has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Ronaldo, now 32, in the Spanish capital and former Spurs midfielder Steffen Freund said he would be the perfect fit.
“Kane can be Cristiano Ronaldo’s successor,” Freund told Sport Bild. “He has had an incredible development and gets better every season.
“Passing, heading, shooting technique, dribbling, finishing — while Harry is not perfect in any of these areas, he can do something exceptional and has no weaknesses at all. That makes him the most complete striker in the world.
“He carries Tottenham with his heart. But Harry is a thoroughbred professional and always wants the maximum success.”
Support InfoStride News' Credible Journalism: Only credible journalism can guarantee a fair, accountable and transparent society, including democracy and government. It involves a lot of efforts and money. We need your support. Click here to Donate