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(Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane has said he does not believe the transfer saga surrounding a potential move to Premier League champions Manchester City has harmed his reputation.

Kane was a major target for City, with their manager Pep Guardiola saying earlier this month that it was up to Spurs to make the transfer happen, but the 28-year-old England striker said he would remain in North London.

Asked if the transfer talk had tarnished his image, Kane told talkSPORT: “No, I don’t think so. I think anyone involved in the football industry knows the ins and outs.

“I was quite calm with the situation, but when you’re in it and you know the truth, then your conscience is clear.

“There’s always going to be noise. My whole career I’ve had ups and downs from when I’m young to where I am, that’s just part of the parcel of it.”

Kane, who helped England reach the final of the European Championship in July before going on an extended holiday, said he had not let the transfer speculation affect him.

“When I’m away I’m rarely on my phone… I really try and use that time to get away from everything,” Kane said.

“… I knew what the situation was between me and the club… that’s the way it’ll stay.

“Everyone has their opinions on it… I’m fully focussed with club and country and looking forward to a great year.”

Tottenham fans sang in support of Kane as he made his first start of the season in Sunday’s 1-0 home win over Watford, a result that extended the club’s 100% start to the new season.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)



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