Harry Kane posted an emotional farewell message to Tottenham fans, explaining his decision to leave his boyhood club on the night of the start of their new Premier League season.
Kane was eventually granted clearance to fly to Germany and complete his physical ahead of a £100 million deal after a flurry of action on Friday.
Kane, whose contract expires next summer, departs Tottenham with 280 goals to become the club’s all-time record scorer, but no trophy.
Despite the absence of trophy, he leaves as one of the club’s finest players and stated it was difficult to leave.
Taking to Instagram, the England skipper posted a video message and said: ‘Hi there I wanted to be the first to tell you Tottenham fans that I’ll be leaving the club today.
‘Obviously a lot of emotions going through me right now and I’m sad to be leaving a club I’ve spent nearly 20 years of my life at from an 11-year-old boy to a 30-year-old man, there’s been so many great moments and special memories that I will cherish forever.
‘So this is a thank you to all my teammates over the years all my coaches, all the managers, every single staff member to do with the club to the kit man, to the chefs, to everyone involved. Obviously I built special relationships with a lot of people.
‘And most importantly to you the Tottenham fans from the moment I’ve been playing I’ve been one of your own and I’ve given everything that I possibly could to make you proud and give you as many special moments and memories to hopefully last forever.’
While many Spurs fans will understand his reasons for leaving, the timing of his departure, just 24 hours before his old side begins its Premier League campaign against Brentford, will wrankle.
Kane added: ‘I felt like this was the time to leave I didn’t want to go into the season with a lot of unresolved future talk. I think it was important for the new manager and players to concentrate on trying to get Tottenham to around the top of the table and fighting for trophies.
‘I wish Ange and all the boys the best honestly you know I’ll be watching as a fans and want them to be successful.
‘This is a message though to all you fans around the world that’s supported me throughout my career. We’ll never forget the moments we’ve had togehter.
‘It’s not a goodbye because you never know how things pan out in the future but it’s a thank you and I’ll see you soon.