Tottenham striker Harry Kane on Manchester City transfer speculation: ‘I think I dealt with it well’

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Harry Kane accepts his failed move to Manchester City has been blamed for his struggles this season.

But the England captain insists he handled the transfer saga of the summer well – adding he will learn from the experience.

Kane had set his heart on joining up with Pep Guardiola at the Etihad and fulfilling his ambition of winning the game’s biggest trophies.

But Tottenham ultimately refused to sell him to the Premier League champions, with the 28-year-old looking weighed down by the disappointment since then.

Kane is adamant he will return to his finest form after scoring just one League goal all season.

“I think from my point of view it’s easy for people to look for an excuse when you are not on form or scoring as many as usual,” he said.

“I have my own self-belief and working harder is always my approach when doing well or the goals are not coming. “I’ve done that my whole career.”

Reflecting on City’s attempts to sign him, he added: “There was a lot of talk over the summer. It is the first time in my career that has happened. That is part of being a big player, dealing with those situations and I think I dealt with it well.”

Kane also admitted there has been something of a hangover after reaching the final of Euro 2020.

He said: “I think it is always hard when you finish a major tournament – in the last two we reached the semi and the final - it takes a lot out of you physically and mentally.

“Then you are back in the Premier League and never really get the chance to take it in and learn from what happened.

“It almost becomes a whirlwind, adapting and getting back into the swing of things. It was about getting back to the basics on training pitch, working hard and doing my best. “We play a lot of games, there is not the time to recover and reflect.

“Getting back to what you know best is important and that’s what I tried to do.

“I think it was tough that loss, losing a European final for your country at Wembley. That will stay with me for the rest of my career. “You can never get over those things unless you hopefully win a major tournament.”

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