Former Tottenham striker has revealed he is a “big admirer” of Harry Kane and has praised the club for creating a culture in which the striker can thrive.
Kane has emerged as one of the very best strikers in Europe over the last three seasons, winning the Premier League Golden Boot twice and reportedly attracting attention from Real Madrid.
The 24-year-old has scored 38 goals in all competitions so far this term, including 27 in the Premier League – he has just three games remaining to reach 30 league goals in a single campaign for the first time in his career.
Klinsmann, who scored 39 goals in two spells for Spurs in the 1990s, is delighted with the way Kane has come through to become a favourite among the supporters who still adore the German to this day.
“I’m a big admirer of Harry,” Klinsmann said (via Sky Sports). “”He’s very complete in his game.
“He can score with his left foot, right foot, his head and he’s a great passer of the ball. He’s a great connector as well, a little like Teddy was. He was always complete as a player as well.
“I’m even happier because he comes out of that great culture created by Spurs, a product of the academy. That makes you super-proud because you feel even more connected with him.
“I just think that the foundation of every club in the world is its own products, its own players.
“He’s down to earth because he grew up with this balance and the hard-working, grounded environment at Spurs. That makes him who he is and of course, he’s worked tremendously hard for it.
“I always say to people ‘you are a child of your environment’ and Harry is certainly a child of the Spurs environment. That makes me really happy.”
Kane recently revealed he would be “extremely proud” to lead England out at the World Cup finals this summer if Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate decides to hand him the captaincy.
It’s always pleasing to hear an ex-player like Klinsmann heap praise on a current fan favourite – Kane certainly deserves it.