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Fabregas names the ‘perfect replacement’ for Benzema at Real Madrid

Karim Benzema, Cesc Fabregas
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Cesc Fabregas has identified the most ideal player who could replace Karim Benzema at Real Madrid.

Harry Kane is the ‘perfect replacement’ for Karim Benzema at Real Madrid, says Cesc Fabregas.

The Tottenham striker was excellent last season in the Premier League. He not only won a third Golden Boot with 23 goals to his name but also claimed the Playmaker of the Season award with 14 assists.

A disappointing seventh-place finish, however, means Spurs will be without Champions League football for next season. And as Kane enters his prime years, his desire to play for a title-contending club has grown.

Reports have linked him with summer moves to Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United.

But in the unlikely event that Benzema was to leave Real Madrid, Fabregas sees no why Kane wouldn’t be able to thrive in Spain.

“For a long time I have felt that Harry Kane would be the perfect replacement for Karim Benzema at Real Madrid,” the former Barcelona midfielder wrote in his Telegraph column.

“Of course, Benzema showed again at the European Championships that he is not going anywhere and that he is playing very, very well, but the fact I even think Kane is capable of taking over from him in Madrid shows how highly I rate him.

“The pressure at Madrid, like it was at Barcelona, is not something every player could cope with. But if Benzema ever left or ever started to slow down a little bit, then Kane would be the right guy for them.

“Even without knowing him very well myself, you can see that he has a good mentality and you hear from other people that he works and trains hard.

“Jose Mourinho, as people saw on the documentary, always talks about Kane very, very highly. He has what you want from your captain and he has what you need to be a top player.

“For five or six years now Kane has been one of the best strikers in the world. He has been so consistent, scoring so many goals and there have been so many games that he changed. Last season, we also saw that he is still adding new things to his game with all of his assists for Tottenham.”