Bayern's Leipzig plunder continues with Sabitzer signing

31 August 2021 03:12:17 GMTPlus11
Sabitzer completes dream move

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have bolstered their title defence by completing the £15m signing of Marcel Sabitzer from last year's closest challengers RB Leipzig.

The Austrian has signed a four-year contract until 2025 with the Bavarian giants, who are 1/12 to successfully defend their league title.

Sabitzer has been handed the No.18 shirt at the Allianz Arena, where he will be reunited with former Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann and old team-mate Dayot Upamecano.

The 27-year-old, who joined Leipzig when they were a second division club in 2014, made over 200 appearances for them, scoring 52 goals. He departed the Red Bull Arena as the club's fifth highest scorer in their history.

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Sabitzer, a dead-ball specialist who enjoyed an impressive Euro 2020 with Austria in the summer, becomes Bayern's fourth new arrival under Nagelsmann, following the signings of Upamecano, Omar Richards and Sven Ulreich.

He joins a Bayern side who crushed Hertha Berlin 5-0 on Saturday to move up to third in the Bundesliga, which they are seeking to win for a tenth successive season.

Sabitzer revels in Bayern switch

Sabitzer, who will be competing with the likes of Leon Goretzka and Corentin Tolisso for a place in Nagelsmann's midfield, could make his debut in Bayern's next game, which is at his former club Leipzig on 11th September.

"I'm very happy to be able to play for Bayern," Sabitzer told the Bayern Munich website. "As a kid, my Bayern shirt was my pride and joy, getting a new one every year for Christmas. I'll give everything for this club, want to win as many games as possible and, of course, titles."

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