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Leon Goretzka will join Bayern Munich from Schalke in the summer after agreeing a contract and passing a medical with the Bundesliga champions on Thursday.
Christian Heidel, the Schalke sporting director, announced at a press conference on Friday that the 22-year-old Germany midfielder had signed a contract with the Bundesliga champions.
Goretzka, who had been a reported target for several Premier League sides, joined Schalke from Bochum in 2013 and has gone on to win 12 caps for the national team. “Leon Goretzka informed us earlier this week that he wishes to leave the club and join Bayern,” Heidel said.
“We were very sorry to hear this. (Bayern Munich’s chief executive) Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told us yesterday that Leon has completed a medical. We are losing a very, very good player.
“We did everything we could to try and keep him. In the 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.”
The Schalke coach, Domenico Tedesco, said that the team were “sad and disappointed to be losing Leon, both as a player and as a person”.
Schalke are third in the Bundesliga table, 14 points behind leaders Bayern, before Sunday’s meeting with Hannover.
The impending arrival of Goretzka at Bayern will however increase speculation over the future of Arturo Vidal, who has been linked