Guerreiro: “Honour for me”
FC Bayern get Tuchel’s first dream player
06/23/2023 10:27 am
FC Bayern’s second summer signing has arrived in Munich. Raphael Guerreiro is moving from runners-up Borussia Dortmund to the series winner on a free transfer, his contract with BVB had expired. The Portuguese international comes with a fresh award in his luggage.
Bayern Munich coach Thomas Tuchel gets his first dream player: As expected, the record champions signed Raphael Guerreiro from Borussia Dortmund. The 29-year-old comes to Munich on a free transfer and has signed a three-year contract until 2026. Tuchel knows Guerreiro from his time as a BVB coach. FC Bayern had pushed Guerreiro and BVB off the top of the table in the final minutes of the last Bundesliga matchday and secured their eleventh title in a row.
“When the call came 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 really appreciate Thomas Tuchel from our time together at Dortmund,” said the Portuguese international. who can be used in midfield and defence. Guerreiro has “been among the best and most consistent players in the Bundesliga for years,” said CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen. “The coach and we in charge agree that he will undoubtedly enrich our game.”
The “Kicker” recently named the Portuguese international the best defensive winger in the Bundesliga in its traditional ranking. In the reason for the classification in the second highest category “International class” it says: “In the past half year Guerreiro reduced the defensive shortcomings and presented himself offensively more effectively than ever. A whopping eleven assists and three goals are in only 15 Bundesliga appearances in his Statistics.” Guerreiro became European champion with Portugal in 2016. Under Tuchel he moved to Dortmund in 2016, where he played 224 competitive games in seven years.
Striker still wanted urgently
Guerreiro is Bayern’s second signing of this transfer window. The Munich team had previously announced that Konrad Laimer was leaving Rasenballsport Leipzig and moving to the south of the republic. Curiously, with a photo several months old that shows the Austrian in front of a window through which bare trees could be seen. Like Laimer, Guerreiro is available on a free transfer once his contract expires. The return of the Supervisory Board Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and President Herbert Hainer had previously confirmed the change of the European soccer champion from 2016.
However, the activities on the transfer market are far from over. The bosses of Munich see a need for action, especially in the striker position. But there is also room for improvement in defense, with Min-Jae Kim from SSC Napoli and Kyle Walker (Manchester City) at the top of the list.