Bayern Munich sign Leon Gortezka

Leon Goretzka rejected interest from the Premier League, LaLiga and Serie A in order to join Bayern Munich, head coach Jupp Heynckes has said.

FC Bayern München have signed Leon Goretzka from FC Schalke 04. The 22-year-old Germany international, whose contract with Schalke expires on 30 June 2018, has signed a four-year contract from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2022.

Goretzka completed the obligatory medical in Munich on Thursday before putting his name to the contract with FC Bayern.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge described the move as good news for the Bundesliga and Heynckes is also delighted to see a young Germany international stay on home turf.

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“I talked to [assistant coach] Peter Hermann, who worked with Leon Goretzka at Schalke, about him,” he told a news conference. “He said Leon has a very good character. In the Bundesliga and at the Confederations Cup, he showed very good performances.

“I assume he will give everything for Schalke until June 30 and that he wants to be in the Champions League with his club.

“For the Bundesliga, it’s very good and very important for a Germany international to stay in Germany. There were competitors from England, Italy and Spain. But, in the end, he decided to sign for Bayern.

“He is a very young player. With him, the process of rejuvenation goes on at Bayern. That’s something very positive. New players bring new impulses. You know as well as I what skills he has.”

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