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OFFICIAL: Sabitzer Joins Bayern Munich

Written by Olugbenga Olonade

Bayern Munich have officially announced the capture of Austria international midfielder, Marcel Sabitzer on a four-year contract.

The Austria national team captain joins the German champions from last season’s runners up, RB Leipzig, a club he joined in 2014.

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The club’s official statement read:

“FC Bayern have completed the signing of Austria international Marcel Sabitzer. The 27-year-old joins from RB Leipzig, where he previously played under coach Julian Nagelsmann. The attacking midfielder has agreed a contract until 2025 and will wear the number 18 shirt for the German record champions.


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“Oliver Kahn, FC Bayern CEO: “Marcel Sabitzer offers everything that an FC Bayern player needs. On top of that, he won’t need long to settle in as he’s already well-acquainted with the philosophy of our coach Julian Nagelsmann.

“Board member for sport Hasan Salihamidzic: “We’re very happy to have brought Marcel Sabitzer to FC Bayern. Marcel is a very good footballer, he has a great mentality, he’s very ambitious and he carried responsibility on and off the pitch as captain of RB. Our coach knows him very well and what a leader he is. We’re looking forward to having him.

“Marcel Sabitzer: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to play for FC Bayern. As a child my Bayern jersey was my pride and joy – I got a new one at Christmas every year. I’ll give everything for this club, I want to win as many matches as possible and of course collect lots of titles.”

“Sabitzer began his professional career at FC Admira Wacker Mödling before joining Rapid Vienna, where he earned his move to RB Leipzig. He has played 145 times in the Bundesliga and scored 32 goals, and has netted four times in 21 Champions League appearances. For the Austrian national team, he has scored eight goals in 54 appearances and was a key player at this summer’s European Championship, where the Austrians reached the round of 16 but were knocked out in extra time by eventual winners Italy.

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Meanwhile…

Bayern Munich have announced the passing away of Dr. Gerhard Riedl, who has been chairman of the German record champions’ honorary committee since 2014, and was a “figure who has lent help and advice to the club for many years. He leaves behind a wife and three children.”

Riedl has been described by club president, Herbert Hainer as someone who was ” a deeply loyal, always polite, humble and reliable companion to our club.”

His death comes as a shock to the club as it was unexpected. Dr Gergard Riedl who was also a Lawyer, regularly chaired ballots at the club’s annual general meetings. He was also a member of the statutes committee, while he regularly acted for FC Bayern AG as a lawyer.

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