Man City boss Pep Guardiola revealed that the club approached Tottenham four times over the signing of Harry Kane. City is top of the table before their weekend game against Spurs with Guardiola admitting that he feared that the lack of a striker could derail their season. That has been far from the case with City scoring 61 goals in 25 games.
“I never was, in my 11 or 12 years, disappointed in what the club cannot do in the transfer market,” Man City boss Pep Guardiola said. “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. Now you can say ‘Harry Kane didn’t come and everything is going well’ but at the time I didn’t know it. When we lost to Spurs and Leicester in the Community Shield. And I don’t know what will happen in the next few weeks.”
“The club gave me players and I’m always delighted – and it’s then what we can do together. Maybe if we had a proper striker we would play with a striker but with the players we have we have to adapt,” he added. “I know them; when we lose we are sad but nobody is pointing fingers saying ‘your fault, your fault, your fault.’ We don’t do that. I don’t feel they talk bad about me when we have bad results.”
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