Football: Not going to talk about Kane, says Man City manager Guardiola

Kane (above) has been linked with the Premier League champions all summer. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola avoided any transfer talk around Harry Kane on Friday (Aug 13), saying that the striker is a Tottenham Hotspur player and it would be wrong to discuss his future.

The England captain has been linked with the Premier League champions all summer, with Guardiola telling reporters last week that City were interested in him but it was up to Tottenham, who they face in their Premier League opener on Sunday, to make the move happen.

"I answered this question the previous press conference... I made an exception last time, normally I don't talk about transfers. That's all," said Guardiola.

The City boss confirmed that midfielder Kevin De Bruyne will miss the start of the season as he recovers from an ankle injury sustained while playing for Belgium at Euro 2020, while new signing Jack Grealish is expected to feature against Tottenham.

Guardiola said: "(De Bruyne) is getting better. Every day he is getting better. But we are still waiting. He can't do a full training session... we will see in the next few days."

City won the title last season by 12 points but Guardiola said that he expected a more difficult campaign this time around.

"Every season since I arrive I get the feeling every season is stronger, tougher and with better teams. Every season when you begin is a new challenge," he said.

City kicked off the new season with a defeat by Leicester City in the Community Shield last week.

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