Chelsea boss Tuchel thought Kane would leave Tottenham for Manchester City in summer

The Chelsea manager was also interested in signing England’s captain, who made it clear he wanted to leave Spurs at the end of last season. But any attempts to secure his signing did not go beyond talks with third parties, with Tuchel left certain Kane was on his way to City.

While the prospect the of the country’s deadliest striker further strengthening the Premier League champions was a daunting one, Tuchel’s revealed on Friday that his greatest relief was seeing Kane continue his love affair with his boyhood club.

“I thought that this is going to happen,” he said. “No I was not scared, but if it would have happened I would have been very interested in how maybe it would have changed Manchester City’s style of playing.

“We are not afraid of anyone. We accept any team and Manchester City, Man United and Liverpool, they are the teams strong like no other in this league and they have strong squads. These are the guys with whom we want to compete and it’s normal that they fight for the best players and I thought this is maybe going to happen.

“On one side I was happy that he stayed because it is also nice that it exists in football that players play for one club only. Harry Kane is Tottenham and even for me, I have absolutely nothing to do with Tottenham, I have never worked for them, when I think about Tottenham in the last decade you think about Harry Kane and this is very nice.

“Like you think about Messi and straight away you think about Barcelona and it is very hard to think that he plays for another club now and that’s the same for Harry Kane.

“So from this side, I was happy because I like it and a part of my personality is still a fan and I like that things like this happen.

“It is also nice that Romelu (Lukaku) is back at Chelsea and some things are a good fit and should not be changed.”

Chelsea turned their attentions to Lukaku after accepting No1 target Erling Haaland was out of reach, while Kane was a non-starter, with the striker having his heart set on City.

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