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Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City lost at Brighton after going 2-0 up (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City lost at Brighton after going 2-0 up (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City lost at Brighton after going 2-0 up (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola brushed off questions about his interest in signing Tottenham striker Harry Kane after his side slipped to a surprise 3-2 defeat at Brighton.

Widespread reports in the UK media suggest Kane has set his heart on a move to sign for the newly crowned Premier League champions, yet Guardiola offered a predictable response when asked about his interest in the England captain as he said: "No comment. A player from Tottenham. Next question."

A majority of the back pages of Wednesday's newspapers in the UK led with the claim that Kane wants to played under Guardiola at City next season, but Tottenham are believed to be reluctant to consider any offers for their star man this summer.

With Sergio Aguero leaving City this summer, Kane would appear to be the ideal replacement after a season that has seen City's goal tally dip despite their Premier League title success.

With the main job already done domestically, Guardiola admitted he was disappointed with his side's efforts as they slipped to a sixth Premier League defeat of the season at Brighton.

Despite having Joao Cancelo sent off just 10 minutes in, the visitors led 2-0 thanks to an Ilkay Gundogan header and a superb Phil Foden goal, prior to the unexpected capitulation.

City boss Guardiola, whose team will lift the Premier League trophy after hosting Everton on Sunday, says the uncomfortable experience provides plenty to work on ahead of arguably the biggest game in the club’s history.

“Eleven against 11 against Brighton is tough, 11 against 10 is difficult so we have to improve for the final,” said the Spaniard.

“Unfortunately after 0-2, we conceded a goal so quick and after they push a lot, we were more tired and could not keep the ball as much as possible, we could not do it and unfortunately we lost the game – congratulations Brighton.

“On Sunday, with our people, we are going to lift the trophy. And after we are going to go for the final of the Champions League.

“I am concerned because this is the final of the Champions League, because the opponent is so tough.

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“I saw incredible things today in the pitch with 11 against 10 for 80 minutes in the Premier League.

“We are fortunate to lift the (Premier League) trophy and we did it ourselves. Nobody gave us absolutely anything; nothing.

“That’s why I am so proud of the team; it means how difficult is the Premier League again, and now we’re going to prepare as best as possible for the final of the Champions League.”

Influential stand-in skipper Gundogan, who claimed his 13th Premier League goal of the campaign, went off injured in the second period, although Guardiola remains hopeful the issue is not too serious.

“Tomorrow, we are going to check tomorrow,” said the manager. “The doctor is quite optimistic. The problem is a kick and he was running in the second half with disruption and I didn’t want to take a risk.”

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