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Thomas Tuchel expected Harry Kane to join Manchester City

Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel thinks it’s nice that Harry Kane stayed at Tottenham although he expected him to join Manchester City before the football transfer window closed. Tuchel has stated that signing Harry Kane was not something he advocated for during the transfer window.

As speculation about the England captain’s future raged on last season, the Blues manager stated he would relish the opportunity to work with Kane. The England captain chose to stay at Spurs after it appeared he would be on his way to Premier League champions City at one point.

When asked how far down the line the European champions got in making a move for the player, according to Sky Sports football news the Chelsea boss replied: “I never had a list with his name and I never went to Marina [Granovskaia, Chelsea director] to tell her to buy him. But I think the club sorted out the situations. There are many people around players; there are agents and advisors and people in between, so we had some information from these people, but it was never that close that we had to experience the rivalry. We know about the rivalry, but I have a feeling it was never that far.”

Tuchel claims that he would not have been concerned if Kane had joined City because Chelsea does not fear any of their Premier League rivals. “I thought that it was going to happen [Kane joining City] and I was not scared, but if it would have happened, I would have been very interested how it would have maybe changed City’s style of play,” said the German.

“We are not afraid of anybody; we accept any other team. Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, are the teams with strong, strong squads and these are the guys [such as Kane] you want to compete and it’s normal they fight for the best players. I thought this was going to happen. On one side, I was happy he stayed because it’s nice it exists in football that players play for one club only.”

“I have absolutely nothing to do with Tottenham obviously, but if you think about Tottenham you think about Harry Kane, if you think about [Lionel] Messi you think straight away about Barcelona. It’s very hard that he plays for another club and that’s the same with Harry Kane. From that side I like it and part of my personality is still a fan, so from that point I like it and I also think it’s nice that Romelu is back at Chelsea. Some things are a good fit and should not be changed.”

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