Cristiano Ronaldo does not want Harry Kane to join Real Madrid, according to Spanish journalist Guillem Balague.
Kane has been linked with a move to the La Liga giants following his fine form in 2017.
But Balague, author of the new book about Mauricio Pochettino, claims Ronaldo doesn’t want to play next to anyone but Karim Benzema up front.
“If you beat Real Madrid the way Spurs did, if you play the way Spurs have been playing for the last two years and a half, it’s normal that they’re linked to top clubs,” Balague told Sky Sports. (Quotes via The Express.)
“Harry Kane is linked to Real Madrid because of his performances, which match by the way Cristiano Ronaldo’s in 2017, but also because Benzema is not scoring.
“Are Real Madrid keeping an eye on him? Of course they are. Dele Alli has to progress, are they keeping an eye on him? Yes, they are.
“But while Cristiano Ronaldo’s at Real Madrid first of all he prefers to have Benzema next to him, no other No 9.
“And secondly, I think they will want to give a chance, first to Zidane but also Benzema for a long while. They are both favourites of the president.”
The suggestion is that a better striker than Benzema has the potential to outshine Ronaldo, which would make Madrid’s single-minded talisman unhappy.
As long as it means Kane stays in North London, the Tottenham fans will be happy.