News ID: 237113
Published: 0320 GMT January 09, 2019

French defender Pavard to join Bayern in summer

French defender Pavard to join Bayern in summer

Bayern Munich reached an agreement to sign the France defender Benjamin Pavard, who will join the German champion on a five-year deal from next season, according to the Bavarian club’s sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic.

The 22-year-old currently plays for its Bundesliga rival VfB Stuttgart and was involved in France’s 2018 World Cup final victory over Croatia in Russia, a tournament where he also scored a stunning goal in the last-16 win over Argentina, the Guardian reported.

The fee is believed to be €35 million (£31.4m).

“I can announce that we managed to get the services of Benjamin Pavard from July1, 2019,” Salihamidzic said during a Bayern training camp in Qatar. “He signed a five-year contract.”

Salihamidzic also confirmed Bayern’s interest in Chelsea teenage forward Callum Hudson-Odoi, as the German club looks to boost its frontline following the expected departure of veteran wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery at the end of the season.

“He is a very interesting player whom we really want to sign,” Salihamidzic added of the 18-year-old. “He has qualities that fit into our game. He can dribble well and has a drive toward goal. He has a lot of potential.” The season resumes next week after the annual winter break with Bayern, which has won the last six league titles, in second place, six points behind the leader, Borussia Dortmund.


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