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The Austrian midfielder is reunited with Julian Nagelsmann after weeks of speculation and will wear No. 18 at the Allianz Arena
Bayern Munich has completed the long awaited transfer of Marcel Sabitzer, signs the Austrian international midfielder from Bundesliga rivals RB Leipzig.
Sabitzer is the third person to cross from Leipzig to Munich this summer – after manager Julian Nagelsmann joined the Bundesliga champions, followed by central defender Dayot Upamecano.
The central midfielder has signed a four-year contract until 2025 and will carry No. 18. It is commonly reported that the transfer fee is € 16 million (£ 13.7 million / $ 18.9 million).
What has been said?
Sabitzer told the website of his new club: “I am very happy to play for FC Bayern. Even as a child, my Bayern jersey was my great pride, and every year at Christmas I got a new one. I will give everything for this club, wants to win as many matches as possible and of course win many titles. “
Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn said: “Sabitzer brings to the table everything a player needs to play for FC Bayern. Nor will he need a long acclimatization period because he is already very familiar with our coach Nagelsmann’s philosophy. “
Hasan Salihamidzic, sporting director of the Bundesliga champions, added: “We are very happy that we were able to win Sabitzer for FC Bayern.
“Marcel is a very good football player, he has a fantastic mentality, is very ambitious and as captain of RB has been responsible on and off the field. Our coach knows him very well, also as a manager. Looking forward to him.”
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Sabitzer was considered the dream player of the new Bayern boss, and gives his side a versatile opportunity in midfield, as he can play both centrally and on the wing. Bayern had been looking for reinforcements in both positions.
After first signing from Rapid Wien in 2014 and then being loaned out to sister club Red Bull Salzburg for a season, Sabitzer became a key figure as Leipzig established themselves as a Bundesliga force and a real title rival to multi-year champions in Bavaria.
Sabitzer played a total of 229 competitive games for last season’s German second place, scoring 52 goals and giving 42 assists.
Bayern had questioned whether they should make a bid for some time, as they already have several key midfielders on their books such as Mickael Cuisance and Corentin Tolisso, who they have tried to sell this summer without success.
But Nagelsmann’s close relationship with Sabitzer and the player’s desire to leave Leipzig for Bayern saw the deal pushed across the line.