German Bundesliga record champions FC Bayern Munich have announced a little while back that Germany international midfielder Leon Goretzka would join them on a free transfer from league rivals FC Schalke 04.
The 22-year-old Goretzka, whose contract with Schalke 04 expires on June 30, 2018, has signed a four-year contract until 30 June 2022.
Goretzka completed the obligatory medical in Munich on Thursday before putting his name to the contract with FC Bayern.
“We’re very pleased Leon Goretzka, a Germany international with great potential, has decided in favour of FC Bayern despite big-name international competitors. This way Leon Goretzka remains in the Bundesliga,” commented FC Bayern München AG chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Leon Goretzka was a much sought after player, who had seen European giants Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Manchester United, and Liverpool FC amongst others wanting to sign a talented young midfielder on a free transfer, but in the end the former VfL Bochum player decided to stay in Germany.
Schalke 04 manager Christian Heidel said, “We’ve done everything we can to keep Leon. In the summer there was an agreement with him and his advisor. He still wanted time to wait to see the sporting development.”
Now Goretzka has decided to leave and join the Bavarian giants.