Bayern Munich have announced that French world champion Benjamin Pavard will join the club from VfB Stuttgart in the new season.
The 22-year-old defender has signed a five-year deal with the record German champions, as announced by the club’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic at Bayern’s winter training camp in Doha
“He’s a young player and a world champion. We’re glad and proud to have gained such a player for FC Bayern,” said Salihamidzic at a Press conference in Doha.
Pavard, who can operate across the back line as well as in defensive midfield, joined Stuttgart from French side Lille in 2016. He made 21 appearances in the Swabians’ Bundesliga 2 promotion campaign before playing every single minute of his maiden Bundesliga season in 2017-18, German top division league Bundesliga has confirmed the news on its official website.
The deal is reported to be signed for €35 mn (£31.4 mn / $ 40.34 mn) per annum.
Despite a 4-1 win at future employers Bayern on the final day of the campaign, Stuttgart narrowly missed out on European qualification on their return to the top flight. However, the season ended on the ultimate high as Pavard lifted the 2018 FIFA World Cup with France in Russia. The defender was even nominated for the FIFA Puskas Award for his stunning strike in Les Bleus’ 4-3 round of 16 win over Argentina.
The 18-time France international is currently out with a torn muscle but is expected to return early in the new year.