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Tottenham's Ryan Mason says Manchester City have a truly 'exceptional' player in their ranks

Tottenham Hotspur interim manager Ryan Mason has spoken highly of Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne in wake of Harry Kane’s comments about the Belgium international.

The Spurs striker has reportedly told Daniel Levy that he wants to leave the club this summer, and the Citizens have been linked with his services.

Earlier this week, Kane spoke to Gary Neville on The Overlap and described De Bruyne as a “special, special player” whose deliveries are “a striker’s dream”.

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The England international’s comments have fuelled speculation linking him with a move to the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season.

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Speaking ahead of Tottenham’s Premier League final-day trip to Leicester, Mason sought to play down speculation by saying anyone would want to play alongside De Bruyne.

“I wasn’t aware of [Kane’s comments] because I haven’t heard it but I would love to play with Kevin De Bruyne as well,” Mason is quoted by the Evening Standard as saying.

“Every footballer in the world or Premier League would.

“He is an exceptional player and from what I’ve seen, I have spoken to him a few times, he is an exceptional person as well. If you ask any footballer right now, they would say yes.”

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You really have to feel for Mason, a coach for whom the term “baptism of fire” seems to fit perfectly.

Taking charge of a major cup final in just his second match, being thrust in the spotlight when Spurs were briefly involved with the European Super League, and now dealing with the Kane speculation while also preparing his side for a game where Europa League qualification is still at stake.

There’s no denying that De Bruyne is a top player, but for Kane to praise him so highly in an interview given in wake of heavy speculation linking him with a departure from his boyhood club… Mason probably can’t wait to return to his day job and being out of the spotlight and the barrage of questions.

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