Jame Carragher has said Christian Eriksen isn’t good enough for Barcelona or Real Madrid, suggesting Tottenham would rather lose the Dane than Harry Kane.

Eriksen has just one year left on his contract and continues to be linked with Real Madrid. In a press conference on Friday, Mauricio Pochettino suggested Eriksen could leave by the end of the month but didn’t rule out including the playmaker in his line-up to face Manchester City on Saturday.

Writing in his column for the Telegraph, Carragher cast doubt over Eriksen’s ability to play for one of the La Liga giants, claiming the 27-year-old was no better than Kane in the Champions League final defeat to Liverpool – a game in which Kane was lacking fitness.

“Eriksen is not at Real or Barcelona’s level,” Carragher wrote. “Eriksen was fully fit in Madrid and gave an equally disappointing display (to Kane).

“There was not much evidence of him being Spurs’ main man that night.”

The former Liverpool defender went on to say he would be more worried for Spurs if they lost Kane than Eriksen, adding that Manchester City will surely be targeting the England captain as a long-term replacement for Sergio Aguero.

He added: “I do not write this to deride Eriksen, an excellent footballer who has shone in a Tottenham jersey. It is simply my belief that Kane is the one man in the squad Pochettino could not afford to lose in this window, or at any point in the last three years.

“Here is the truest measure of Kane’s class: Go through the respective line-ups of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City when they face up this weekend. Which Spurs player would be on Pep Guardiola’s shopping list?

“There is a reason he called Spurs ‘the Harry Kane’ team.

“With Sergio Aguero now 31, Guardiola would love nothing more than to have the Tottenham striker as a natural replacement if the opportunity arose. I would be amazed if he is not the number one choice.”

Kane is obviously more important than Eriksen when it comes to goals, but Eriksen changed the game when he came on against Aston Villa last weekend and there will a lot of pressure on new signing Giovani Lo Celso to replicate him if an exit comes to fruition.

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