Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola confirms Harry Kane interest, but says Lionel Messi 'not in thoughts'

Last update on. Harry Kane has not won a major trophy during his career. Pep Guardiola, Manchester City's boss, has confirmed that Tottenham striker Harry Kane is interested in the club but said Lionel Messi was "not in our minds". City wants to add Kane (28), to England teammate Jack Grealish who joined Thursday in a 100m British record move, which was performed from Aston Villa. They are not likely to be able to pay Spurs' 160m value. Guardiola stated, "We are interested in him, but if Spurs do not want to negotiate then there is no other option," "If they wish to, we will do our best, that's all. "He is a Tottenham player and they must be open to negotiations. Manchester City and other clubs around the world are keen to sign him if they are open for negotiation. It all depends on Tottenham. Jack had a release clause, so it was different. Kane, the England captain, has not shown up to training this week because he is trying to make a move. City are often linked to Messi who Guardiola worked at Barcelona with and whom he has called the greatest player ever. Barcelona announced Thursday that the club could not afford to keep the 34-year old, their all-time leading scorer, in violation of La Liga's financial fair play rules. City confirmed hours later that Grealish, a 25-year-old Aston Villa midfielder, had been signed for 100m. He will be wearing the number 10 jersey, which is the same number Messi wears at Barca. Guardiola stated, "It was a surprise to everyone, even me." "When you lose 487 million euros in a single year, it is time to make the hard decision. While I would love to see him finish there, it is not sustainable. "I feel incredibly grateful for the most remarkable player I have ever seen in my life, and for the titles he gave me to help me go to England and Munich. "Thank you for taking Barca to another level and for dominating the globe for a decade together with his mates. I wish him all the best in his final years. "We spent money on Jack Grealish, and he will wear number 10, because we are confident about him and believed Leo would stay. Leo is no longer in our thoughts. Guardiola also stated that Bernardo Silva was one of many players who wants to leave City this year. Since his 2017 departure from Monaco, the 26-year old Portugal midfielder has scored 35 goals in 201 appearances for City. Guardiola stated, "He's our Player, not Bernardo. There are two, three, or four players who want out." "They are our players. We are open to discussing any offer they make. It all depends on them. They will not leave. "Grealish can go to another level when we are there" Guardiola also discussed the Premier League's 100m first signing in Grealish. He could make his debut at Saturday's Community Shield match against Leicester City, Wembley. Grealish played 213 games for Villa, which he joined when he was six years old. He scored 32 goals. Guardiola stated, "He can play up-front, mainly on left side area, but as a striker, attacking midfielder or winger - many positions that are possible with his quality." He is a great player and will help us play better. He is a positive, enthusiastic person who arrives ready to integrate into the team. He is enjoying the best years of career. He was a tremendous contributor to Villa. He was a remarkable performer and is able to reach another level with us. "When we could afford this, it was a lot. It's because we sold young players for 60m in the last 13 to 14 months and can afford 100m. We spent a lot on him because of that. He's now 25 and can play for the next six to seven years. We believe he has incredible talent, skills, and mentality.


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