Harry Kane has opened up on his “connection” with Jack Grealish as Manchester City ramp up their pursuit of the two Three Lions stars.
City are reportedly hoping to make Aston Villa captain Grealish the most expensive English player ever by tabling a £100million bid this summer.
Etihad chiefs are then planning to table another, even larger nine-figure bid to prise Harry Kane from Tottenham after he informed his boyhood club he would like to leave earlier this month.
Kane’s latest comments will be music to Pep Guardiola’s ears, as he hinted he would relish the chance to play alongside Grealish for club as well as country.
“I love Jack, just love Jack as a player. Fantastic,” Kane told Gary Neville on The Overlap YouTube channel. “From when he came in and I started training with Jack, we just had a real connection.
“He sees the game a lot how I see it in terms of how he passes, how he moves, always looking forward, always rapping balls in, trusting your team-mate to have the touch and be able to handle it.
“He’s a real player and one who’s going to be very special for the future.”
Grealish is one of the many richly-talented attacking-minded midfielders vying for a spot in the England squad for Euro 2020.
Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate is due to whittle down his preliminary 33-man squad to 26 players on Tuesday.
Grealish appears to be a shoo-in for a place despite missing a large chunk of the second half of the season with a shin injury.
In the 26 Premier League games he was fit to play, he contributed six goals and 12 assists from either attacking midfield or the left wing.
In the England set-up, the 25-year-old is competing for minutes with the likes of Chelsea’s Mason Mount and City’s Phil Foden, who lined up against each other in last Saturday’s Champions League final.
Kane also reserved special praise for the pair and explained why Mount being a “nuisance” will help England this summer.
“There were question marks over him about whether he should have been playing ahead of some of those who were playing. But he’s been great,” said Kane, 27.
“He is so good on the ball and he is a nuisance off the ball – the way we want to play for England suits him.
“A real level-headed guy who just works hard. Quite quiet but not afraid to talk and talk on the pitch.”
Turning his attention to Foden, who was on the received end of heartbreak in the final, Kane added: “He is an incredible talent, this season especially.
“You can see that confidence growing in him, thinking ‘This is where I belong, I’m on the big stage now’.
“Football mad, he just loves football. Talking to Phil I get the perception that he is probably watching football all the time at home, any game that is on, and playing football with his mates.
“You get the sense no stage is too big for them.”