Schalke 04 midfielder reaches pre-contract agreement with Bayern Munich

Schalke 04 midfielder Leon Goreztka has ended the long-standing saga over his future by agreeing a pre-contract agreement with Bayern Munich. The Germany international is scheduled to join the Bavarian outfit when his contract expires at the end of the campaign.

According to Bayern’s official website, the Bochum-born ace has agreed upon a four-year deal with the reigning Bundesliga champions after completing his ‘obligatory medical’ in Munich earlier in the week.

“We’re very pleased Leon Goretzka, a Germany international with great potential, has decided in favour of FC Bayern despite big-name international competitors. This way Leon Goretzka remains in the Bundesliga,” club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.

Goretzka was hugely influential for the German national side during the latter stages of their Confederations Cup triumph last summer and this caught the eye of numerous elite clubs across Europe.

However, Bayern have managed to jump ahead of his many suitors including Liverpool to secure a contract and the 22-year-old may likely replace Arturo Vidal in the starting lineup next season.

Vidal has just over a year left on his current deal with the German champions and there are suggestions that he could part ways with the club during the summer with Bayern aiming to reduce the overall age of the first-team squad.

Goretzka has been struggling with a leg injury over the past month but he has recently returned to first-team training. His near focus would surely be on making the Schalke lineup as the Gelsenkirchen outfit seek to return to the Champions League next term.

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