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OFFICIAL: Schalke 04 captain Alexander Nübel to join Bayern Munich in summer

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Schalke 04 captain Alexander Nübel to join Bayern Munich in summer
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Bayern Munich have confirmed their first summer signing.

And he comes directly from rivals Schalke.

Alexander Nübel will become a Bayern Munich player in July, with the goalkeeper agreeing a move from Bundesliga rivals Schalke 04. Bayern Munich have confirmed an agreement has been reached to sign goalkeeper Alexander Nübel once his Schalke contract expires at the end of the season.

The 23-year-old informed Schalke last month he would not be renewing his deal amid links with a number of clubs, including Premier League side Tottenham. Bundesliga champions Bayern announced on their official website on Saturday that Nübel has agreed to a five-year contract at Allianz Arena, starting from 1 July.

The former Germany Under-21 international made the switch from Paderborn to Schalke in 2015 and has been dubbed in some quarters as the new Manuel Neuer. He made headlines in December for an ugly challenge on Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Mijat Gacinovic, resulting in a four-match ban. In addition to this, Schalke coach Wagner has now confirmed the young goalkeeper was stripped off the captaincy and he will have to hand the armband to midfielder Omar Mascarell.

“We have mutually agreed that Alex will step down from his role as captain,” Wagner said in quotes reported on Schalke’s official Twitter page. “We looked at all the pros and cons and decided that it’s better for the team if he gives up the armband. This way we avoid constant unrest.”

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