Man City interested in kane not Messi : Guardiola Lionel Messi is out of sight for Manchester City after the Argentine striker left Barcelona, but the Premier League champions will be interested in Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, manager Pep Guardiola. Said Friday.
Man City interested in kane not Messi : Guardiola It’s not our idea at the moment,” he told reporters when asked about his possible interest in former Barcelona player-coach Messi.
Guardiola spoke with Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grillish the day after City completed its Premier League record of £ 100 million ($ 139 million).
Messi’s surprise departure from Barcelona was also announced on Thursday for financial reasons.
Guardiola said Messi would have liked to see his career at Barcelona, but the club needed to be sustainable.
He praised Messi as “the greatest player I have ever met”.
The manager said Grilish’s contract did not end because City earned about 60 million by selling and nding young players and was able to activate the release clause in his contract.
“If you sell for 60 60 million, you can carry 100 100 million, otherwise it wouldn’t be possible,” the Spaniards said.
He confirmed City’s interest in signing England captain Kane, but said nothing could happen without Tottenham’s consent.
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“He’s playing at Tottenham Hotspur. If Tottenham don’t want to negotiate, it’s over,” the manager said.
“If they are open to negotiations, of course, many clubs around the world will try to sign him. We are no exception.
“Harry Kane is a great striker. Of course we’re very interested in him, but he’s a Tottenham player and if you don’t want to discuss, there’s nothing more to say. If they want to, we’ll. We’ll try.”
Ken, who has a contract with a club in north London until 202, is reportedly keen to leave after a title-free campaign.
Nuno Esperito Santo, the new coach of Tottenham Hotspur, said why was the key to the club’s planning for the season.
Guardiola said several players, including Portuguese winger Bernardo Silva, wanted to leave the city but had contracts.
“We’re absolutely open to discussing everything, but it’s up to them. Otherwise, they continue to train really well, they stay here, and I don’t know if they will play.
“Players who want to move here know that the door is open because not everyone wants to be dissatisfied, but they have to bring someone (an offer). Otherwise, they are here. I will be here.”
City will face FA Cup winners Leicester City at the Pre-Season Community Shield at Wembley on Saturday. (1 = 7 0.7190) (Report by Alan Baldwin, edited by Kevin Leafy and Hugh Lawson)