Harry Kane was notably absent from Tottenham’s victory over Manchester City, as questions continue to surround his future.
The England captain returned back for pre-season late, and due to isolation protocols only trained with his Spurs teammates towards the end of last week.
Now, though, he has been included in Tottenham’s squad for their UEFA Conference League play-off against Pacos de Ferreira this week.
It could see Kane made his first appearance of the season, and might also cause some concerns amongst City fans that involvement in a UEFA competition could restrict him from registering for another club in the same season.
Until a couple of years ago, players couldn’t register for two clubs in the same competition in Europe in the same season, although those rules have since been relaxed.
And a look at the 2021/22 Champions League rulebook shows that as long as Kane doesn’t play in the Conference League group stages, he would be able to play in the Champions League group stage for them should he sign.
UEFA’s rules say: “As a rule, a player may not play in the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and/or UEFA Europa Conference League for more than one club in the course of the same season.
“Exceptionally, however, a player who has been fielded in the preliminary round, or in the first, second, third qualifying round or the play-offs of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League or UEFA Europa Conference League is entitled to play in the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League or UEFA Europa Conference League for another club as from the group stage.”
With the transfer window closing on August 31, there won’t be any overlap between the UEFA competition group stages and Kane’s future being resolved.
And if a situation occurred when Kane remained at Spurs until January before moving, City would also be free to register Kane in their Champions League knockout squad — providing they get there.
The rules state: “As of the round of 16, a club may register a maximum of three new eligible players for the remaining matches in the current competition.
“Any or all of the players from the above quota of three may have been fielded for another club in the qualifying phase, play-offs or group stage of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League or UEFA Europa Conference League.
“If the registration of such new players causes the number of players on List A to exceed 25, the club must remove the necessary number of currently registered players to reduce the squad to 25 players again.”
So while there may be new developments in the Kane transfer saga in the next two weeks before the transfer deadline, his registration for the Champions League, if necessary, won’t be an issue.