Former Spurs goalkeeper Paul Robinson has claimed that Pep Guardiola’s pursuit of Harry Kane has been ‘inappropriate’.
The Citizens have been interested in Kane all summer, with the 28-year-old adding fuel to the fire by stating his desire to win trophies, while speculation intensified last week after it was reported that the striker had not turned up for training.
However, the England captain has since denied those claims before returning to the club’s Hotspur Way training ground over the weekend.
Guardiola has made no secret of his desire to bring Kane to City, claiming that the prolific frontman is an ‘exceptional’ player, as evidenced by the fact he notched a whopping 33 goals and 17 assists across all competitions last term.
“He (Kane) is a player for Tottenham Hotspur and if Tottenham don’t want to negotiate, it is finished,” Pep Guardiola said last Friday.
“I think Man City and many clubs in the world want to try to sign him, we are not an exception, but it depends on Tottenham.
“It is different to Jack (Grealish). He had the release [clause] and Jack is different. Harry is exceptional and we are interested in him but if Tottenham don’t want to negotiate, nothing more to say.”
However, Robinson has been left unimpressed by Guardiola’s comments, admitting that he doesn’t like it when managers speak about players from other clubs.
“I think it’s inappropriate for managers to comment on players of other clubs,” he told Gambling.com.
“Quite often, we see managers say they’re not willing to discuss players who are contracted elsewhere, but then this is probably the worst kept secret in football.
“City have said they want him. It’s just a case of sorting the finances out.
“Tottenham hold the cards at the moment. Harry Kane is contracted to Tottenham.”