Raphael Guerreiro joins Bayern Munich on a free transfer

Raphael Guerreiro. (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
Raphael Guerreiro. (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /

Raphael Guerreiro has completed his move to Bayern Munich, joining the Bundesliga champions on a free transfer from Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern Munich have completed the signing of Raphael Guerreiro, with the former Borussia Dortmund full-back putting pen to paper on a three year contract. Guerreiro will join the Bavarians on a free transfer when his BVB contract officially expires at the end of the month.

Borussia Dortmund wanted to extend Guerreiro’s contract and offered him a two-year extension. But he turned down that offer, with Sebastian Kehl revealing earlier this month that he wanted a longer term deal. The Portuguese international has now decided to join Bayern Munich, who pipped the Black and Yellows to the Bundesliga title on goal difference in May.

Guerreiro’s decision to join Bayern Munich after spending seven years at Borussia Dortmund is certainly a controversial one. He said that when the call from Bayern came, it did not take him long to make the decision to join them.

"“When I got the call from FC Bayern, my decision was made quickly. It’s an honor for me to be able to play for this big club, and I also have a high regard for Thomas Tuchel from our time together at Dortmund. I will give everything to make sure we win as many titles as possible. That’s the philosophy of FC Bayern.”"

The 29 year old made a total of 224 appearances in BVB colours, and registered more assists than any other player in the recently concluded Bundesliga season. He now becomes the first player to swap Dortmund for Munich since Mats Hummels in 2016. Hummels returned to BVB three years later.

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Borussia Dortmund have already replaced Raphael Guerreiro with Ramy Bensebaini, who joined the club on a four year contract earlier this month. Bensebaini is set to compete with Julian Ryerson for the starting left-back spot at BVB next season.