Former Manchester United and Everton defender Phil Neville has weighed in on the comparisons being made between Harry Kane and Gareth Bale - claiming that the English striker still has work to do in order to reach Bale's level.
With Bale's Real Madrid hosting Kane's Tottenham on Tuesday evening, a lot has been said about the two players who put their names on the map with Spurs, but Neville still thinks that Bale, who moved to Real Madrid in 2013 for a then world record £89m, has the edge over Kane.
"Kane is playing on the biggest stage against Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, two of the best central defenders in world football, and it will be a test to see whether he can perform at that level,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“I think Kane has answered every question that has been levelled at him so far and this is just another question he has got to answer.
“Is he now at a higher level that Gareth Bale? I don’t think so because Bale has won the Champions League and other titles.”
Both Madrid and Spurs head into the Champions League game with six points each, sitting at the top of Group H after two wins out of two respectively, and with Tottenham having made huge improvements in recent years, Neville sees Kane soon becoming one of the very best.
“He’s a fantastic striker and he’s getting up to world class level, but Bale is at a world-class level,” Neville added.
“He’s made the move for massive, massive money, he’s proved to the world he can do it in European tournaments, Champions League finals.”