Mario Gotze Signs For Bayern Munich In £32 Million Deal

Guardian. The highly coveted youngster has had a release clause in his contract activated by the newly crowned German champions, according to his agent Volker Struth and his club, and the 20-year old will move to Bayern on 1 July. Hans-Joachim Watzke, Borussia Dortmund's CEO, said of the deal:

"We are obviously disappointed beyond measure, but emphasise that both Mario and his advisers have behaved absolutely conformity with the contract."
German newspaper Bild have reported that the deal for Gotze is worth ‚37 million (£32 million) with the player agreeing a contract up until 2016. The attacking midfielder, who won back-to-back Bundesliga titles with Dortmund in 2011 and 2012, is considered one of the finest young talents in Germany and had been courted by several other leading European sides. Bayern, who have already won the German championship, have also already agreed a deal with former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola to take charge of the club and lead their team next season. The Bavarians take on Spanish giants Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tonight, and have also reached the German Cup final as well. Gotze's Borussia Dortmund take on Real Madrid in the second Champions League semi-final on Wednesday night.


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