Thomas Tuchel admits he expected Harry Kane to make Man City transfer this summer

Thomas Tuchel previews Spurs v Chelsea

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Thomas Tuchel has found it somewhat surprising that he will face Harry Kane on Sunday afternoon when his Chelsea side take on Tottenham. The German spent big on a superstar striker this summer in the form of Romelu Lukaku as the Blues look to the Belgian to spearhead their attack.

But fans around the world expected another mega-money transfer for a striker to happen following Kane’s refusal to train with Spurs.

Manchester City were the club involved with interest for the Englishman, having had a bid of £128million reportedly turned down.

Although to Tuchel’s surprise, a switch never materialised.

And shockingly, the German admitted that Kane moving to Chelsea even cropped up in conversation with agents before Lukaku joined.

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Speaking to the press, Tuchel spoke about City’s failed bid and Chelsea’s conversations on the England captain.

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“I thought that this would happen,” he said.

“We never had a list with his name on it and I never went to (Chelsea director) Marina (Granovskaia) to tell her to buy him.

“But the club sorted out the situation.

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“There are many people around players, their agents and advisors and people in between and we had some information from these people.

“But it was never that close that we had to experience the rivalry (between Tottenham and Chelsea).

“We know about the rivalry but I had a feeling that it was never that far.”

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Chelsea take on Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday afternoon in a bid to continue their unbeaten run.

Having picked up three wins from four in the league, with a well-earned draw against Liverpool to boot, the Blues are one of the bookies’ favourites to win the title.

And with Spurs having lost 3-0 to Crystal Palace last weekend they will look to further demoralise Nuno’s side.

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