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Contract cancelled

Luca Toni and Bayern part company

Ciao Luca! Striker Luca Toni’s contract with FC Bayern has been cancelled by mutual agreement, effective 30 June 2010, following talks between the player and the club. The Italian World Cup winner’s deal in Munich originally ran until 2011.

“I would like to warmly thank Luca Toni for his efforts and his goals, especially in our double-winning 2007-8 season,” commented FCB chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “I’d like to take this opportunity to wish Luca Toni all the best for the future at his new club.”

38 Bundesliga goals

Toni arrived in Munich from Fiorentina in summer 2007. A tally of 24 goals in his first season made him the Bundesliga’s top scorer, and was also a major contribution to Bayern winning the cup and league double. A total of 14 goals in his second season meant he finished as the leading scorer at the club, but persistent Achilles heel problems restricted the lanky striker to 25 appearances.

The same injury disrupted the early part of his third campaign with Munich, when he was also reported to have fallen out of favour with new coach Louis van Gaal. During the mid-season break, Toni moved on loan to AS Roma, where he scored five goals in 15 Serie A appearances. Italian media reports claim the 33-year-old is poised to join Italian top flight outfit Genoa.