Real Madrid and Barcelona wanting Harry Kane is “inevitable” but it does not mean the striker will leave Tottenham, says ex-England captain Alan Shearer.
Kane, 24, surpassed Shearer’s record for Premier League goals in a calendar year with a hat-trick in Tuesday’s 5-2 win over Southampton.
His 56 goals in all competitions, including for England, make him the year’s top scorer in Europe.
“He would score goals wherever he was,” Shearer told BBC Radio 5 live.
Kane, who is being compared to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, has vowed to get even better in 2018.
Asked whether Kane will leave for one of the Spanish giants, Shearer told the station’s Breakfast programme: “I don’t think it’s inevitable.
“It’s inevitable they will come calling or come asking, because he’s that good a player and wouldn’t look out of place in either of those teams.”
Top 10 – Premier League goals in a calendar year
Player Goals Games played
Harry Kane (2017) 39 36
Alan Shearer (1995) 36 42
Robin van Persie (2011) 35 36
Thierry Henry (2004) 34 39
Les Ferdinand (1995) 30 34
Alan Shearer (1994) 30 37
Luis Suarez (2013) 30 41
Sergio Aguero (2016) 29 28
Alan Shearer (2002) 27 31
Harry Kane (2015) 27 38
Shearer joined hometown club Newcastle for a then world record £15m in 1996. Having netted 31 times for Blackburn in the Premier League the previous season, he was top scorer at Euro 96.
Despite being the Premier League’s record scorer with 260 goals, Shearer did not win any trophies during his 10 years at Newcastle.
He says he “knows more than most” what it will mean for Kane to be at Tottenham, with the London-born forward having progressed through the club’s youth system.
“If Tottenham wins trophies, it’s his club. That’s a big advantage for Tottenham,” added Shearer.
“When I played for Newcastle for 10 years I had offers before and during, but I wanted to stay at my club.
“That could be a huge call if Tottenham in two or three years haven’t won a trophy and his form is still as good as it is – then he’ll have a big question to answer, because I’m sure the big boys will come calling.”