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Bayern Munich sign World Cup winner Pavard for next season

Saeed Khan, AFP | Benjamin Pavard celebrates after scoring the goal of the tournament during last summer's World Cup in Russia.

French World Cup hero Benjamin Pavard will join Bayern Munich from Stuttgart this summer on a five-year contract, the defending German champions revealed Wednesday.

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Media reports in Germany put the transfer at 35 million euros ($40 million) for the 22-year-old defender, who can play at right-back or centre-back.

"He is young and a world champion, so we are happy and proud to have won over such a player," said Bayern's sports director Hasan Salihamidzic at their winter training camp in Doha.

Pavard's status skyrocketed last summer when the centre-back scored the goal of the World Cup with a stunning net-busting strike in a 4-3 last-16 win over Argentina that set France on their way to the  title.

Pavard has been at struggling VfB Stuttgart, who are currently third from bottom in Germany's top flight, since 2016 after he joined from French side Lille for five million euros.

The current season resumes next week after the annual winter break with Bayern, who have won the last six league titles, in second place, six points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

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