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MEDIA WATCH: Tottenham's Harry Kane says City were "amazing" last season

MEDIA WATCH: Tottenham's Harry Kane says City were "amazing" last season

With the new season less than three weeks away, there’s plenty of Manchester City talk in the papers in across the online media.

Let’s start this morning’s media roundup with an interview with Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane, who believes City are the team to beat in the Premier League this season.

Kane, who scored 30 league goals last season as Spurs finished third, 23 points behind City, says it won’t be easy usurping the champions, who he described as “amazing”.

"It will take a very good season (to challenge Manchester City) but we've been up there for the last few years now," Kane told Sky Sports News.

"City had an amazing year last year but the Premier League is tough and it doesn't always happen like that to go year on year so we've just got to focus on ourselves and see what we can do."

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Simon Bajkowski, writing in the Manchester Evening News, has written a piece speculating how City could line up in the first Premier League game of the season at Arsenal.

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He picks out five players he feels should start the game and has this to say about Leroy Sane.

“The German forward was only fit for the final part of the Dortmund game after only starting his pre-season with the club this week,” Bajkowski writes.

“But four days before the next runout should allow time for Sane to build his fitness back up following his summer rest.

“With so many first team players likely to start the season undercooked after World Cup duties, Sane should be critical to how Pep Guardiola's side begin their title defence.

“Even if there are compromises in other areas of the pitch, any team able to field Sane, Riyad Mahrez and Sergio Aguero as a front three will take some stopping.”

Meanwhile, the Manchester Evening News' Stuart Brennan is the latest journalist following City on tour in the US to insist the Club are not interested in signing Miralem Pjanic, Mateo Kovacic or Thiago Alcantara.

“Blues sources deny that they will make ANY high-profile signings ahead of the transfer deadline in two weeks,” Brennan writes.

“Pep Guardiola has professed himself to be happy with his current squad, and he is also encouraged by his first glimpses of French starlet Claudio Gomes , who will sign for the club tomorrow, when he turns 18.

“It is thought that the prospect of Gomes coming through influenced City's decision not to pay over the odds for Jorginho, who was snatched by Chelsea in a £57million deal.”

That’s all for this morning’s media roundup. Stay with us throughout the day as we bring you all the latest from the Club’s US Tour.

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