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Bayern Munich has confirmed the sighing of Moroccan defender from Ajax

Bayern Munich has confirmed the sighing of Moroccan defender from Ajax

Bayern Munich has confirmed the sighing of Moroccan defender from Ajax

Noussair Mazraoui, a Moroccan international, has joined Bayern Munich from Ajax.

After his contract with Ajax expires in June, Mazraoui, 24, will join the Bundesliga winners on a free transfer.

According to ESPN, the right-back, who has a contract until 2026, might be the first part of a double signing from Ajax, with Bayern Munich also interested in midfielder Ryan Gravenberch.

Mazraoui will give Julian Nagelsmann another option at right-back, where he will fight with France international Benjamin Pavard for a starting berth.

Mazraoui is the first reinforcement to arrive at the club ahead of next season, with Niklas Sule left Bayern Munich for Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer this summer.

Mazraoui came up through Ajax’s youth system, winning two Eredivisie titles and two KNVB Cups. In 2019, he was also a significant member of the club that advanced to the Champions League semifinals.

His departure from Ajax comes amid a summer revamp at the club, with manager Erik ten Hag joining Manchester United and a slew of big-name departures expected.

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich captain Manuel Neuer signed a one-year contract extension on Monday, extending his stay at the club until 2024.

Since joining Bayern from Schalke in 2011, the 36-year-old goalkeeper has won 10 consecutive league titles and two Champions League trophies, among a slew of other domestic and European honors.

“Manuel is a pivotal character in FC Bayern’s history,” stated chief executive Oliver Kahn in a statement. “For years, [he] has been setting the global standard. Being consistently world class is a great accomplishment.”

Neuer, who has made almost 470 appearances for Bayern in all competitions, is the club’s second longest-serving player, following forward Thomas Muller, who recently extended his contract until 2024.

“We’ll have a really excellent team again,” Neuer added, “with whom we can contend for every title.” “I want to be the support and a significant part in our big goals as a goalkeeper, captain, and leader.”

“We want to continue our winning streak and fight for the German Cup and Champions League once more.”

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