The manager of Manchester City, Pep Guardiola has urged reporters to stop asking him about how the club failed to sign Harry Kane after the English striker scored two goals against his team on Saturday, February 19, 2022.
Recall that Kane scored in the 59th minute and in injury time to help Tottenham Hotspur beat Manchester City 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
The game was Harry Kane’s first match against Manchester City since the club’s failure to sign him ahead of the 2021-2022 season.
Before the Premier League game, coach Pep Guardiola confirmed that Manchester City made four different attempts to sign the English striker but Tottenham Hotspur turned down the offers.
Reports in the United Kingdom claimed that the last offer Manchester City made for the services of Harry Kane was worth around €150 million. But Daniel Levy refused to let Kane go.
Ahead of the game against Tottenham on Saturday, Guardiola insisted that he was not disappointed that Manchester City could not sign Harry Kane despite all the attempts.
After the 3-2 defeat at the hands of Tottenham, reporters asked Guardiola about his admiration for Kane, the Spanish tactician responded by saying it was in the past.
“It never was an option and everyone knows this so forget [it]. It’s in the past”, Guardiola said.
“It’s not necessary for him to show today the goals he scored and his quality with the ball. Everyone knows it.”
Antonio Conte insists Harry Kane is a world-class player
Earlier in the season, Harry Kane struggled to score and assist contrary to how he used to. But the arrival of coach Antonio Conte to the club has been able to help the English striker rediscover himself.
The English striker has regained his form so much that he has scored six goals in his last eight games in all competitions. His two goals which helped Tottenham to beat Manchester City 3-2 helped to move Spurs four points closer to the top four with two games in hand.
After the victory over Manchester City on Saturday, coach Antonio Conte described the English striker as a world-class striker. The coach revealed that he wants to make Harry Kane the point of reference for Tottenham Hotspur.
“We are talking about a world-class striker”, the coach said. “He’s working very well and he’s also improving his physical aspects.
“I’m working with him to become a point of reference for us. In the past, he’s liked to go outside the box and he’s also very good at this.”
Kane described the Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur game as a crazy game
After scoring an additional minute goal to give Tottenham Hotspur a resounding victory over the league leaders on Saturday, Harry Kane told Sky Sports that the league match was a crazy game.
“It was a crazy game. We worked so hard for so long”, the English striker said. “We were 2-1 ahead for such a long time in the second half.
“Then to see the penalty awarded was so heart-breaking, but credit to the boys for creating another chance at the end.
“For me, it was [about ending] three losses in a row and we had to find a way of getting our season back on track. To get the result we did was special.
“The boys worked their socks off today. To get the goals was obviously nice. We were great from Hugo [Lloris] all the way through.
“We have high standards of ourselves and we’ve got ourselves in a position where we can really fight for the top four.
“Football’s about bouncing back. We can’t get too high or too low. The performance today shows we’re fighting to the end. Hopefully, we can use it as momentum going forward.
“We probably have to learn how to be more consistent in a long season to be in the top four.
“We’ve got Burnley in midweek – they’re fighting for their lives so we know it’ll be a tough one.”
How many goals has Harry Kane scored for Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Kane has been playing for Tottenham Hotspur’s senior team since January 1, 2011. Since then, he has briefly gone on loan to Leyton Orient in January 2011, Millwall in January 2012, Norwich in August 2012, and Leicester City in February 2013.
Despite spending those periods outside the club, the 28-year-old striker has been able to make 370 appearances in all competitions for Tottenham Hotspur. In those games, Harry Kane has scored 238 goals and provided 52 assists.
So far this season, the England captain has played 34 games in all competitions in which he scored 15 goals and provided three assists.
How much is Tottenham Hotspur paying Harry Kane?
Based on the contract Harry Kane signed with Tottenham in June 2018, the Premier League side are paying him 9.6 Million Pound per year. This means that every week, Kane earns nothing less than £185,619 as Tottenham Hotspur’s player.
Kane is married to Katie Goodland and the marriage is blessed with three children – Ivy Jane Kane, Vivienne Jane Kane, and Louis Harry Kane.