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Hansi Flick welcomed the signing of Dayot Upamecano but said “our task is to act now” as Bayern Munich prepare to return to Bundesliga action against Arminia Bielefeld.
On Sunday, Bayern announced that they had activated a release clause of 42.5 million euros to get the Upamecano defender from their national rival, RB Leipzig.
The sought-after France international will join the newly crowned FIFA Club World Cup champions on July 1 after agreeing on the terms of a five-year contract.
Flick is delighted to have outdone the competition to secure the services of the 22-year-old center-back, who was linked to players like Chelsea and Liverpool.
The Bayern manager’s focus for now is to ensure Bayern extend a seven-game winning streak by beating Bielefeld at the Allianz Arena on Monday, when a win would leave the leaders seven points ahead of Leipzig.
Flick said: “I am pleased to have managed to sign Dayot. But our task is to act now, and the same is true for Dayot in Leipzig. But that’s how I got to know him. “
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Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff expressed disappointment at Upamecano’s departure, but knew his departure was inevitable.
He told the club’s official website: “Of course, we would have liked to keep Dayot Upamecano at RB Leipzig.
“However, Dayot told us very fairly and early that he would like a new challenge this summer and take the next step. The conversations with Dayot and his agent, as well as with FC Bayern, were transparent and constructive throughout.
“It was well known that Dayot’s contract contained a termination clause. Therefore, our task was to prepare ourselves for the situation in which he would one day leave us, and we have done our homework in that regard.
Dayot has shown outstanding development during his stay in Leipzig, which is exemplary for our philosophy of finding young talent and constantly bringing them to the highest level.
Dayot has been and continues to be an important factor in our success and FC Bayern can expect an outstanding footballer and a great person. Now we are looking at the tasks that lie ahead and we want to give Liverpool a great fight on Tuesday in the Champions League round of 16.
Flick hopes to be without Leon Goretzka (twin) when the champions meet Bielefeld, while Thomas Muller and Javi Martinez will be monitored.