JOSE MOURINHO has warned defenders all over Europe Harry Kane could play at the top level for another TEN YEARS.
The Tottenham boss believes his star striker, 28, will get even better as he gets older.
Harry Kane scored twice as Spurs beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 on ThursdayCredit: Getty
It is a frightening prospect for their rivals at home and abroad.
He has now scored 26 goals in all competitions so far this term – and, according to Mourinho, he is far from finished.
Asked if the frontman could play for another decade, he said: “You have to ask him, it depends on what he wants to do. He just enjoys his football.
“When a striker is that kind of goalscorer that can only play in that position it is more difficult. When you lose that intensity of younger people, then it is more difficult because then you have nothing.
“But these kinds of players like Harry get better with time and experience and understanding of the game. Harry and Benzema, who is 33, this kind of striker who is very intelligent and can drop back and transform their game.
“Later in their career, instead of being the No.9 target, they become a nine-and-a-half, between a nine and a ten. And they can play football until they want.”
Kane has already scored more this season than he has done in both of his previous two campaigns. He has also registered 16 assists.
Mourinho admitted: “I’ve been lucky enough to work with players with great ambitions,
“It’s not possible to have a career like mine without players with ambition. He has that, no doubt he has that.
“No doubt that of course he wants to win matches, score goals, win trophies. But he is totally committed with the club, totally committed with the national team He’s a very good example of a top professional. And a top player.
“Sometimes top players are not always top professionals, and vice-versa. He’s a top player, he’s top professional and he’s a great example for everyone.”
Jose Mourinho believes the striker could play at the top level for another ten yearsCredit: Reuters
Tottenham are seven points above Arsenal in the Premier League table.
But Mourinho said: “I look up, I don’t look down. If Arsenal was seven points ahead of us, I would look to them. But because we have seven points more than them, I don’t look down.
“At the same time, we look always to the next match and if instead of Arsenal it was Villa or Newcastle, the next matches we’re going to play, exactly the same feeling.
“We feel we’re better than the position we have in the table and we want to improve our position so we need points for that.
“It doesn’t matter the opponent, doesn’t matter if it is a London derby – in fact it’s the fourth in a row in the Premier League – it’s a Premier League match.
“Three points are there to fight for and that’s what we’re going to try to do.”
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