Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has opened up on why the club could not complete the signing of Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur last summer.
According to the Spanish coach, Tottenham was hell-bent on not releasing the 28-year-old.
Naija News understands that City had shown interest in signing the England national team captain last summer, but the deal fell off as Tottenham was difficult to negotiate with according to Guardiola.
The Premier League top club had hoped to sign a good striker to support the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva at the front line and Kane was one of its favourites.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Guardiola when asked how he felt losing out on signing Kane from the Spurs, said: “I never was, in my 11 or 12 years, disappointed in what the club cannot do in the transfer market.
“I’ve never created a fire here because I represent the club and the club is always beyond myself by far.
“We tried [to sign Kane] but it was far away to be done because Tottenham was clear this is not going to happen. And when it happens two, three, four times, it’s over.”
Guardiola noted that Spurs had before now given him players and he has always appreciated that.
“Maybe if we had a proper striker we would play with a striker but with the players we have, we have to adapt,” Guardiola added.
Naija News reports that City is still on course to win the Premier League title as they hold a nine-point gap away from second-placed Liverpool, having scored 61 goals in 25 games.
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