Following the serious injury to Manuel Neuer, FC Bayern Munich have signed 34-year-old Yann Sommer from Borussia Mönchengladbach. Sommer has agreed a contract through to June 30, 2025. Neuer, 36, fractured his lower right leg while skiing on December 9 and will not be available again for the rest of the current season.
Oliver Kahn, FC Bayern CEO said, “Yann Sommer is a valuable addition for us, because he has a wealth of international experience and has already played in the Bundesliga for many years. He has everything required to contribute immediately to our success. We’re certain we can achieve our goals with Yann Sommer.”
Hasan Salihamidzic, FC Bayern board member for sport, said, “We had to react after losing Manuel. We have big goals this season that we want to achieve, and that’s why we’ve recruited Yann Sommer, who we regard as one of the best European goalkeepers. Yann is the long-time Swiss national team goalkeeper, has Champions League experience, is a ball-playing goalkeeper, and fits into our team very well with his ambition and his character. I’d like to thank Borussia Mönchengladbach for the constructive negotiations.”
Yann Sommer said, “I’m very excited about the new challenge at FC Bayern. It’s a big, powerful club. We’ve played against each other many times – I know the enormous quality and aura of this club. I’m proud that I’m now a part of FC Bayern. We have some big challenges ahead of us. I’m hugely looking forward to starting here with my new teammates, and to everything that is to come. I want to thank Borussia Mönchengladbach for eight and a half wonderful years and for enabling this transfer.”
Yann Sommer came to the Bundesliga from FC Basel in 2014 and made 335 appearances in all competitions for Gladbach. He made his debut for Switzerland in 2012, and has since become the country’s most-capped goalkeeper with 80 appearances. Sommer has played in three FIFA World Cups as well as two UEFA European Championships. He has been named the national team Player of the Year in his home country three times. With FC Basel, he won four Swiss Super League titles and the domestic cup twice.