German international striker Sandro Wagner has completed a deal that will see him return to his childhood club of Bayern Munich.
The title holders have been in talks with Hoffenheim about signing their former youth-team player for a while now and Hoffenheim manager, Julian Nagelsmann, recently said that he expected a deal to be completed “in the next two weeks.”
The deal has now been done and Wagner will officially join Bayern Munich on January 1st on a contract that lasts until 2020.
Speaking to the team’s official website Wagner said, “I’m delighted. A long journey for me is now at an end and I can return to my home, my club. I’m very happy that it’s come off. Bayern are the best club in Germany and one of the best in the world. When I got the offer, I didn’t have to think about it for long.”
Hasan Salihamidzic, Bayern Munich’s sporting director, was also pleased to welcome the player ahead of the winter break.
“In Sandro Wagner we have another Germany international coming to Bayern,” he said. “We’re convinced that Sandro will enhance our squad with his class and his experience.”
Wagner originally joined Bayern Munich when he was just nine years old. He made his Bundesliga debut in 2007 but failed to make a breakthrough and spent time with Duisburg, Werder Bremen, Kaiserslautern and Hertha Berlin before he found his best form at the Darmstadt in 2015.
In 2016 Wagner joined forces with Nagelsmann at Hoffenhaim and he won his first cap for Germany earlier this year and has since scored five goals in seven appearances for the national team.
It is expected that he will be a backup for Bayern Munich’s top striker Robert Lewandowski.