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New deal for Diego

Youth product Contento extends stay

Munich-born Diego Armando Contento signed professional forms at Bayern four months ago, made his senior debut three months ago, collected league and cup winners’ medals a few weeks ago, and has now signed a new deal at the club. On Thursday, the 20-year-old extended his contract by two years, committing himself to Bayern until 30 June 2013.

Contento earned the new deal with a highly promising initial spell as a pro. The youngster chalked up nine Bundesliga appearances, two games in the DFB Cup and three Champions League outings, including 90-minute run-outs in both legs of the semi-final against Lyon. Contento was promoted to the first-team squad from the reserves by Louis van Gaal during the winter break.

The player, whose family roots are in Naples, was born and brought up in Munich and rates as a 100 percent Bayern youth product. He joined the club at the age of just five, appearing at every junior level and graduating to the third division reserve team. He capably seized the chance offered him by Van Gaal after Christmas and has now been rewarded with an improved deal.