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Baumjohann to Bayern

Gladbach midfield starlet signs three-year deal

Alexander Baumjohann will join Bayern from Borussia Mönchengladbach this summer, it was officially confirmed on Tuesday. The 22-year-old, who moves on a free transfer, has inked a deal binding him to the Munich club until 30 June 2012.

“I think anyone who plays football will appreciate that this is an attractive opportunity. I see it as a huge chance,“ Baumjohann told respected sports journal kicker. The player says he is not intimidated by the intense competition for places at Bayern, especially in midfield: “I know what I can do – and I believe in myself. I trust in my ability to make it at Bayern, otherwise I’d never have taken up the offer. I’ll get my chance at some point, and then it’s up to me to take it.“

The attacking midfielder switched from Schalke to Mönchengladbach two seasons ago and has made a total of 18 Bundesliga appearances to date. He provided the assist for Rob Friend to pull a goal back in Bayern’s 2-2 draw at Borussia Park last autumn. Baumjohann struck his maiden Bundesliga goal away to Bremen last August, running fully 70 metres with the ball before netting what would later be voted Goal of the Month by viewers of the ARD Sportschau.