Manchester City defender John Stones has told The Telegraph that he doesn't think Harry Kane will be a fan of Pep Guardiola's comments that Tottenham are 'the Harry Kane team', as he is a team player.
Spurs coasted to a 4-0 thrashing of Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon, with Kane scoring twice at the John Smith's Stadium in other superb display, before City beat Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge thanks to Kevin De Bruyne's winner.
Both teams are chasing the Premier League title, and City boss Guardiola discussed the title race after his side's 1-0 win – but his comments have sparked major debate over the last few days.
Guardiola, as quoted by Sky Sports, suggested that Chelsea, Manchester United and 'the Harry Kane team' are all contending for the title this season, with his comments about Tottenham seen as somewhat disrespectful.
Guardiola did praise Kane for his scoring, but suggesting that Tottenham are a one-man team – especially when his City side lost 2-0 to Tottenham at White Hart Lane last season when Kane was out of action – is foolish.
Kane, 24, may grab the headlines as Tottenham's main goal threat, but he is one of just a number of talented Spurs players, and Guardiola may yet live to regret his comments.
For now, Kane is away on international duty with England ahead of Thursday's game against Slovenia, and Three Lions team-mate John Stones – who plays for Guardiola's City side – has offered his thoughts on the situation having been asked whether England could become 'the Harry Kane team' too.
Stones suggested to The Telegraph that Kane won't be too happy with the comments or the questions, as he is a team player and not all about himself, praising him for not being selfish in terms of who scores the goals in the England side – and the same goes for him at Tottenham.
“I think Harry, if you spoke to him and asked him that question, he would say he would not want it to be like that because that is the type of guy he is – a team player,” said Stones. “He knows the jobs and roles of everybody else and knows what he can bring into the team and he is a massive part of it. I definitely think he would not want it to be like that and he would want to be known as part of an England team that won things and played great football, whoever was in the team.”
“Personally, I don’t think it matters who scores as long as the ball goes into the net. If Harry scores a hat-trick and we win, he is not a selfish guy – he will make sure that it is known that we won because everybody has done their job. That is the type of the guy he is. Not only Harry, we have others players who have a goal in them. Eric (Dier) scored a vital goal away, Harry is in good form, he’s raring to go. I’ve been playing with him since the Under-19s and I know how hungry he is to keep improving,” he added.