Harry Kane’s Bayern contract contains buy-back clause, Daniel Levy says

Harry Kane vows to deepen misery on Manchester United
Harry Kane will face familiar foes on Wednesday night - AP/Matthias Schrader

Tottenham Hotspur have a buy-back clause in Harry Kane’s contract at Bayern Munich, Daniel Levy revealed at a fans forum on Tuesday night.

The Spurs chairman indicated in a question and answer session that he will have first refusal should the England captain return to the Premier League.

Kane had previously hinted at another chapter at Tottenham in his farewell to supporters after signing a four-year deal in Germany. “It’s not a goodbye, because you never know how things pan out in the future,” he said in a video posted in the hours after completing his £100 million move last month. “I’ll see you soon.”

Levy has now confirmed: “There is a buy back clause.” While addressing supporters alongside manager Ange Postecoglou, new captain Son Heung-min and women’s head coach Robert Vilahamn, he added:  “He’s always welcome back. Harry’s a much loved and valued member of the Spurs family and forever in our history.”

Levy, who agreed to Kane’s departure to stop his star forward running down his contract, did not specify when the clause comes into effect or how much Spurs might have to pay.

Kane, who prepares to take on former Premier League rivals Manchester United with his new club on Wednesday, had earlier been speaking fondly of his former club’s progress this season.  “I’m always keeping an eye on them and I’ll keep an eye on Tottenham for the rest of my life,” Kane said. “I’m really happy to see the team playing the way they are and to see the fans happy is a great thing.

They’ve got a massive game coming up [Arsenal on Sunday] so, for sure, I’ll see how they get on over the course of the season.”

The warm comments from Kane underlined there were no hard feelings on his part after the departing striker was barred from the club’s training ground in the hours before completing his move.

Telegraph Sport detailed earlier this month how Tottenham wrote, in an email, to formally tell Kane it would not be appropriate for him to return to their training ground ahead of formalising his transfer, as he waited to fly to Germany.

Kane signed for Bayern despite prior interest from United, who instead signed Rasmus Hojlund from Atalanta for £72 million. Erik Ten Hag said ahead of the match that he had “no” regrets about failing to sign the striker. “We are happy with Rasmus,” Ten Hag said. “He is a big talent.”

United’s problems have gone from bad to worse in the three weeks since the club were paired with Kane’s Bayern Munich in Champions League Group A and it would be in keeping with the current crisis if a player they long coveted piled on the misery.

Kane might have been prepared to wait until next summer to join United as a free agent from Tottenham had he been given assurances a move to Old Trafford would happen.

But the former Spurs striker has not looked back since agreeing to join Bayern in a £100 million deal after United strangely backed away and spoke on Tuesday like a man very much determined to exploit his opponent’s growing troubles at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night.

“I don’t know about the perfect time [to play United] - there can be a big response from teams going through a difficult spell but of course we need to use circumstances to our advantage, to go with big confidence at home in front of our fans,” said Kane, who has four goals in as many games for Bayern.

“It is important to start the game on the front foot and really try to put the pressure on the opposition. That is what we will try to do.

“They have some big threats as well, on the counter-attack they have some really quick players, so we need to be wary of that but overall it’s a game we want to try to dominate and try to keep the pressure on and hopefully break them down as the game goes on.

“Over the summer I know there were some talks between a few clubs in the background, but Bayern was a team I was really interested in and really excited by so there weren’t many other discussions.

“Once they came in, it was between them and Tottenham to talk and the deal got done. My focus is on here. Obviously Manchester United are a great club, a really big club as well but I decided to come here and I’m really happy I have.”

Harry Kane jumps to Harry Maguire defence
Harry Kane jumps to Harry Maguire defence

United’s apparent concerns about the overall cost of a deal for Kane will be difficult for some fans to swallow given that the club committed £132 million on Mason Mount and Rasmus Hojlund, the 20-year-old Denmark striker on whom the responsibility of leading the line now falls. Erik ten Hag, the United manager, would have loved Kane and the club did look at what a deal would entail with the help of an intermediary with close ties to the Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy but, even by early April, it was becoming apparent they were training their sights elsewhere.

Ten Hag believes Hojlund has the potential to become world class and how he would love the youngster to upstage Kane and help his depleted United get a result in Bavaria to quieten some of the noise. But the reality is United needed two centre-forwards, not one, this summer and no player realistically available to them this summer would have represented such an immediate uplift as Kane.

To listen to Thomas Tuchel, the Bayern coach and former Chelsea manager, discuss Kane on Tuesday merely underlined as much - and he was not going to downplay his delight at taking the England captain out of England and away from the clutches of clubs like United.

“It’s big thing, we took the skipper of England out of England,” Tuchel said. “Anyone looking for a 9 would’ve been happy to have Harry in the team. He makes the team better and gives you what you want from a 9. He can drop deep, turn, use the speed of players around him, he can arrive in the box at the right time, he’s an excellent finisher and good penalty taker.

“I’m not sure what’s going on at other clubs but we’re more than happy that he finally took the decision and came to make us better.

“He will always be a difference maker in any game - not only in goals. In time he will make our players around him better, he will learn how to make them shine, he will assist and not only score. He will be the difference and he is already the difference.

“We had a lot of confidence we were doing the right thing. He will prove us right, we are 100 per cent convinced, there is no doubt about it.”

Harry Kane vows to deepen misery on Manchester United
Thomas Tuchel is elated to have taken Harry Kane away from English football - Getty Images/Stefan Matzke

Bayern were beaten in the Champions League quarter-finals last season by the eventual champions Manchester City, for whom Norway striker Erling Haaland proved a game-changer. And Kane is hoping to have a similar impact on Bayern this term in Europe.

“I think time will tell, for sure there is a reason that Bayern Munich brought me to the club, they are obviously eager to get back to winning the Champions League,” Kane said.

“They feel I can be a big help and I feel I can help the team as well. The Champions League is a big goal but I’m not solely focusing on that. I want to win all three competitions we’re in.”

United will hope Kane does not prove the difference maker on Wednesday night.