Schalke 04 midfielder Leon Goretzka has agreed to join German champions Bayern Munich in the summer.
The 22-year old will join the Bavarian giants on July 1 after the expiration of his contract at Schalke 04.
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Confirming the news earlier on Friday at a press conference, Schalke’s sporting director Christian Heidel said: “Leon Goretzka informed us earlier this week that he wishes to leave the club and join Bayern.
“We were very sorry to hear this. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told us yesterday that Leon has completed a medical. We are losing a very very good player.
“He has signed a contract with Bayern from the 1st July 2018. We did everything we could to try and keep him. In summer he and his agent reached an agreement, but he wanted time to develop. We can cope with this situation, it wasn’t a complete surprise. We are prepared for this.” he further stated.
The club’s manager, Giovanni Tedesco, added: “We are sad and disappointed to be losing Leon, both as a player and as a person, but we have to accept the decision. Leon is an important part of the team, no question.”
“We hope that the fans will not react negatively on Sunday. Our followers will always support this club and Leon is obviously still a part of that until the summer.” he concluded.