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George Flood

Harry Kane: Daniel Levy reiterates Tottenham ‘would have the ability’ to re-sign England captain

Daniel Levy has reiterated that Tottenham would be able to re-sign Harry Kane if the England captain targeted a return to the Premier League.

Kane bid an emotional farewell to Spurs this summer, joining German giants Bayern Munich in a £100million transfer after 19 years in north London that had seen him become the club’s all-time record scorer with 280 goals in 435 appearances and also move behind only Alan Shearer as the second-highest scorer in Premier League history.

The 30-year-old - also England’s record scorer - has enjoyed a blistering start to life in Bavaria, scoring five goals in his first six appearances across all competitions under Thomas Tuchel, including a penalty in Wednesday night’s 4-3 home victory over Manchester United in the Champions League.

But talk over a potential future return to Tottenham has already been circulating this week after chairman Levy revealed during a rare appearance at a fans’ forum on Tuesday that Spurs had inserted a buy-back clause into the deal with Bayern.

Levy was quizzed about that clause again during a subsequent interview with Bloomberg, remaining tight-lipped on the specific details of the agreement but reiterating that Tottenham would have the capacity to re-sign Kane if the player one day desired a return to N17.

“The actual precise detail of the contract with Bayern Munich should remain confidential,” Levy said. “All I would say is if that one day Harry wanted to come back to the Premier League, and he wanted to come to Tottenham, we would have the ability to purchase him.”

Door always open: Tottenham have the capacity to one day bring Harry Kane back to the club (Getty Images)

Opening up further on Kane’s high-profile exit from Tottenham after two decades, Levy insisted that the long-serving striker never demanded to leave the club.

However, his refusal to agree a contract extension this summer and no guarantees offered that he would pen fresh terms before his previous deal was due to expire next year left Spurs with little choice but to sell to Bayern for the right price.

“Harry was willing to stay but he was not willing this summer to sign a new contract,” Levy said.

“He did not say to me that he wanted to leave or that he would never sign a new contract, but he would not commit this summer.

“Of course we were in a very difficult position, he had one year on his contract and as a club we’re self-sufficient, we could not live in a dream that he would sign a contract.

“We had no guarantee, so therefore when Bayern Munich came along, he was willing to go to Bayern Munich and we agreed a deal.”

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