England captain Harry Kane leaves Tottenham for Bayern Munich in seek for trophies

Harry Kane.

Harry Kane.
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England captain Harry Kane accomplished his transfer to Bayern Munich from Tottenham on August 12 in soccer’s largest switch of the summer season because the striker goes in quest of the primary main trophies in his profession.

The switch payment for Kane might hit greater than 100 million kilos ($110 million), which breaks the Bundesliga switch report and is a big sum for a participant who would have been out of contract subsequent yr.

“It’s not a goodbye since you by no means understand how issues pan out sooner or later,” Kane, who has been at Tottenham since 2004, stated in a video message, “nevertheless it’s a thanks and I’ll see you quickly.”

Kane, who has signed a four-year deal, flew to Munich on August 11 to bear a medical examination and is about to be offered to followers on the German Tremendous Cup on Saturday, when Bayern performs Leipzig.

Kane leaves Tottenham after 19 years on the membership, the place he grew to become the second highest-scoring participant in Premier League historical past — with 213 objectives, 47 behind Alan Shearer — however by no means received a trophy with the group.

“Clearly loads of feelings going via me proper now,” Kane stated, “and unhappy to be leaving the membership I’ve spent practically 20 years of my life at, from an 11-year-old boy to a 30-year-old man now.”

“I felt like this was the time to depart,” he added, “I did not wish to go into the season with loads of unresolved future discuss.”

The reported payment for Kane would simply break the Bundesliga switch report set when Bayern signed French defender Lucas Hernández from Atletico Madrid in 2019.

Bayern president Herbert Hainer stated Kane could be a “actual asset to all the Bundesliga.”

“We’re very joyful about this top-quality new arrival,” Hainer stated. “The switch required tenacity, chunk and perseverance — my compliments to all these concerned in these negotiations at FC Bayern.”

Kane will give a central focus in assault to a Bayern group which has struggled to adapt since promoting Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona a yr in the past.

In Bayern’s announcement, Kane added he is “very joyful” to be on the perennially profitable membership.

“Bayern is without doubt one of the largest golf equipment on this planet, and I’ve at all times stated that I wish to compete and show myself on the highest degree throughout my profession. This membership is outlined by its profitable mentality — it feels superb to be right here,” he stated.

As for Tottenham, Kane’s departure would go away a gap within the squad forward of its first sport of the brand new Premier League season, in opposition to Brentford on Sunday. It might require restructuring a group which is already reeling from the failure to qualify for any European competitors this season, however new supervisor Ange Postecoglou stated Friday he had been getting ready for that and that Kane’s imminent departure “at the very least provides us some readability.”

“We’ve got been planning for this, it’s honest to say, for some time,” he stated. “This doesn’t change issues dramatically from my perspective anyway for what we are attempting to construct.”

Kane scored 30 Premier League objectives for Tottenham final season. No different participant within the group scored greater than 10.

The closest he got here to profitable main honours was in 2019 when Spurs have been overwhelmed by Liverpool within the Champions League closing.

Kane has repeatedly been linked with strikes to main golf equipment within the Premier League and Europe, however Tottenham has at all times resisted makes an attempt to lure him away, largely as a result of he was tied to a six-year contract, which was signed in 2018.

In 2021, Tottenham blocked curiosity from Manchester Metropolis, regardless of Kane indicating he was prepared to depart. However with Kane set to change into a free agent on the finish of the season, Spurs risked shedding him for nothing subsequent summer season.

Kane’s arrival marks a symbolic second for the Bundesliga, which misplaced some well-known names final yr as Lewandowski headed to Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund offered Erling Haaland to Manchester Metropolis.

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