Harry Kane: The Bayern Munich striker did not want to finish his career with any regrets.
On Saturday, the 30-year-old England captain left Tottenham after 19 years to join the German champions for an initial fee of 100 million euros (£86 million).
Later that day, he made his debut for Bayern, who lost 3-0 to RB Leipzig in the German Super Cup.
Kane stated that his family was “completely behind” him and that he had made “the best decision.”
“I didn’t want to get to the end of my career with regrets about not experiencing different leagues and cultures,” he explained.
“I spent my entire career in England and the Premier League, so adjusting to a new league may take some time.”
“As you saw with Leipzig yesterday, there are some great teams in this league, and it will be a real challenge.”
“I know people expect Bayern to win the league every year, but I believe teams are improving and the competition is becoming more difficult.”
“For me, it is about settling in, getting as comfortable as possible, and understanding the different teams and how I need to adapt.”
Kane, the club’s all-time greatest scorer with 280 goals in 435 games, has announced he will return to say goodbye.
“I didn’t get a chance to do it properly,” he explained. “I texted the players to let them know I was leaving, but I’ll go and do it properly when I get a chance.”
Kane entered the Tottenham Hotspur youth system in 2004, signed his first professional contract in 2010, and made his senior debut in 2011.
“It was always going to be a tough decision,” Kane admitted. “Ultimately, I’m a professional, and I’ve always pushed myself to my limits, and the time was right.”
Manchester City reportedly wanted to sign Kane in 2021, and with only one year left on his Spurs deal, he was also linked with Manchester United and Real Madrid this summer.
Kane, who described the last 48 hours as a “rollercoaster,” said he plans to seek for houses in Germany for his family (his wife Kate is expecting their fourth child) and learn German.
Kane stated, “I’ll have German lessons at least once or twice a week.” “I want to blend in as much as possible, so learning the language is essential.” I’d like to attempt to accept the culture and the country.”
Kane says England manager Gareth Southgate texted him on Saturday to congratulate him on the move.
“He’ll be thrilled. “He knows his England striker is playing at the highest level, and that can only help the national team,” Kane stated.
Kane, the Premier League’s three-time Golden Boot winner, scored 213 goals in 320 games and needed 48 more to eclipse Alan Shearer’s league record.
“People will be talking about Alan Shearer and the record,” Kane said. “I’ve still got a lot of football left in me.” For the time being, it’s all about achieving new heights with this club.”
Kane, who has never won a trophy in his professional career, has joined a squad that won their 33rd Bundesliga crown – and 11th in a row – last season. They’ve also won six Champions Leagues and 20 German Cups.
“If we get to the end of the season and haven’t won every trophy, the club will be a little disappointed,” he remarked.
The Champions League final will be held at Wembley Stadium in June of this year.
“I joined this club expecting to have a good chance of winning the Champions League, but to have it at Wembley is incredible,” Kane added.
Bayern’s first league game of the season will be played at Werder Bremen on Friday at 19:30 BST.