By Harry Sykes

Dimitar Berbatov has told the Goals on Sunday programme that Harry Kane is footballing “royalty” due to his achievements at Tottenham.

The 23-year-old has missed a big chunk of the season due to two separate and serious ankle injuries but there has been little let-up in his ability to find the back of the net.

Kane marked his first start in over a month with his 20th league strike of the campaign at the weekend as he continues to showcase the talent that has made him one of Europe’s outstanding front men.

Berbatov, now 36, spent two memorable seasons at Tottenham in which he scored 46 goals in 102 matches before a £30million transfer to Manchester United.

The Bulgarian great is fondly remembered by Spurs fans for his technical excellence and majestic forward play but even he bows down to the talisman of the current title challengers.

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Asked for his verdict on Kane, Berbatov told Sky Sports 1’s Goals on Sunday show on 16 April: “He’s up there with royalty, if he continues like this.

“I think Alan Shearer has now set him a target of scoring 30 goals every year, which would be great for him as well, but I think he’ll manage to do that. He’s still young, still developing, he’s going to become even stronger and I wish him all the best.”

Since the start of the 2014-15 season, Kane has scored 66 league goals, a return bettered only by Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero (67).

The closest competitors to the leading two are Everton’s Romelu Lukaku (52), Chelsea’s Diego Costa (49) and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez (47).

Kane’s 2016-17 output amounts to 25 goals from 31 appearances in all competitions, which includes 20 goals from 24 league encounters.

In other Tottenham transfer news, the club have sensationally terminated the contract of one of their defenders.

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