Thomas Tuchel has admitted he expected Tottenham striker Harry Kane to join Manchester City in the summer.
Premier League champions City were unsuccessful in their attempts to sign Kane, who announced in May his desire to leave Spurs.
Chelsea head coach Tuchel revealed Kane – last season’s Golden Boot winner – was not considered seriously as a possible target as the Champions League holders instead re-signed Romelu Lukaku in a club-record £97.5m deal.
Asked about City’s pursuit of Kane, Tuchel replied: “I thought that this would happen.
“We never had a list with his name on it and I never went to (Chelsea director) Marina (Granovskaia) to tell her to buy him.
“But the club sorted out the situation. There are many people around players, their agents and advisors and people in between and we had some information from these people.
“But it was never that close that we had to experience the rivalry (between Tottenham and Chelsea). We know about the rivalry but I had a feeling that it was never that far.”