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Promoted to the seniors

Youth product Contento inks professional deal

The club policy of drawing frequently on talent nurtured by the junior team youth section, which saw Holger Badstuber and Thomas Müller join the professional ranks a year ago, has continued with the promotion of Diego Contento to the senior squad. The 19-year-old defender has inked a deal binding him to FCB until 30 June 2011, and will switch from the reserves to Louis van Gaal’s squad with immediate effect.

“I’m delighted that Diego Contento has become the latest player coached and developed by ourselves to be elevated to the first-team squad,” commented Christian Nerlinger. The director of sport also announced imminent talks with David Alaba and Mehmet Ekici with a view to securing the youngsters’ future at Bayern.