Bayern Munich sign Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez in £68m deal

Bayern Munich have announced the signing of Atletico Madrid and France defender Lucas Hernandez in a €80million (£68m) deal.

The full-back, who played all but 40 minutes of Les Bleus’ World Cup winning campaign, has agreed a five-year deal with the Bundesliga champions which will be completed in the summer.

Hernandez, 23, becomes the second defensive recruitment Bayern have made for next season, with his French team-mate Benjamin Pavard also agreeing a £31million deal to join the Bavarian club from Stuttgart in January.

“Today is a very important day in my football career,” Hernandez said in a statement released by his new club

Hernandez played all but 40 minutes of France’s World Cup winning campaign

“Bayern Munich is one of the best clubs in Europe and the world. I am proud to be able to fight for all titles for Bayern in the future.

“I would like to thank Atletico, the management, the coaches, my team-mates and the fans for a wonderful 12 years. Atletico will always be part of me. Now I’m happy that I’m taking the next step at Bayern.”

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Hernandez leaves Atletico having emerged as a key member of Diego Simeone’s defence in the Spanish capital.

The full-back has made 67 LaLiga appearances for the Colchoneros, scoring one goal, but will play no further part this season after sustaining a knee ligament injury.

Hernandez started his career at Rayo Majadahonda before moving to Atletico’s youth system in 2007 and breaking through the ranks to cement a spot on the left-side of defence.

The deal sees Hernandez become the second most expensive defender in history, behind only Virgil van Dijk, who joined Liverpool from Southampton for £75million last year.


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