Harry Kane is not yet at the same level as Gareth Bale, according to Phil Neville.
Kane has emerged as Tottenham’s most important player in recent seasons, leading to predictable transfer links with Real Madrid.
Real have a history of signing Tottenham players, buying Luka Modric and Bale from the north London club in successive summers in 2012 and 2013.
The two sides face one another on Tuesday, and Neville claims that Bale is still superior to Kane.
“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,” he told Sky Sports.
“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.
“He’s a fantastic striker and he’s getting up to world-class level, but Bale is at a world-class level. 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.
“He’s done it on the biggest stage and it’s not just doing it one game, Bale has done it over a period of a time. If you can play for three or four years for a team like Manchester United or Real Madrid then that’s when you can talk about being in the greats of European game. Bale has done that.”