In Focus: Real Madrid mind games or are we overhyping Kane?

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has told Cadena COPE that the club have not contemplated making a move for Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane.

What’s the word?

It was only a few weeks ago when Spanish outlet Diario Gol reported that Madrid were gathering together a three-man swap deal to convince Spurs to sell their striker.

The publication claimed that the Spanish giants were willing to offload Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric to get a deal over the line.

However, Real president Perez has now played down suggestions that Los Blancos are even interested in the 24-year-old, telling Cadena COPE:

“Signing Harry Kane has not passed through my head. He is a great player and in addition he is young. He has many years to progress, but we are delighted with Benzema and with all of the team. I didn’t ask Tottenham’s president [chairman, Daniel Levy] for the price because he would have told me that he [Kane] is worth €250million.”

Have we overreacted?

There is a tendency in this country for English players to be overhyped, but it is safe to say that Kane is the real deal.

The forward has proven that he is not a one-season wonder having won back-to-back Golden Boots in the last two Premier League seasons.

Kane has also become a pivotal figure at Tottenham, leading the charge in the club’s recent title campaigns and he is on course to do the same.

As it stands, the striker has scored 13 goals in all competitions for the North London club.

Is he Real Madrid calibre, though?

When multiple Champions League winners and World Cup heroes fill a squad, then a player needs to be at an elite level if he wants to join.

Kane has not won a trophy and moving to Madrid, where silverware is the minimum requirement, would be a big step up.

However, Gareth Bale was in a similar situation when he moved to the Bernabeu in 2013 and has gone on to win 10 trophies, including three European crowns.

Kane has the ability to thrive in Spain, but he is in a comfortable position as the talisman at Spurs having come through the ranks and being regarded as a hero.

The striker would find himself in a completely different scenario if he made the move.