Dortmund signs Germany defender Süle for free from Bayern

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Borussia Dortmund sign German defender Niklas Süle on a free transfer from Bayern Munich for next season.

Dortmund said on Monday it had agreed a four-year contract with the 26-year-old Süle after he decided not to extend his contract with his biggest rival.

Bayern said last Wednesday that Süle would leave at the end of the season after he rejected their latest offer.

Dortmund’s announcement came a day after the team were humiliated in a 5-2 loss at home to Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, where they are already nine points behind Bayern with 13 games to play.

“We are delighted to have managed to sign Niklas Süle, a Germany international, on a free transfer and to have tied the player up for four years,” said Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc.

Süle, who started for Bayern in their 3-2 win over Leipzig on Saturday, has made 159 appearances in all competitions for the Bavarian powerhouse. He has won four Bundesligas, two German Cups and the 2020 Champions League with Bayern, although he missed much of the treble season with a cruciate ligament injury.

Süle previously made 117 appearances in seven and a half years for Hoffenheim, before moving to Bayern in 2017 for around 20 million euros ($22.5 million).

“Niklas has shown during the course of personal talks that he is really interested in Borussia Dortmund,” said Sebastian Kehl, who will replace Zorc next season. “He has a lot of experience, composure in his preparation game and the physicality necessary to take the next step with us starting this summer.”

Süle has made more Bundesliga appearances (19) than any other defender at Bayern this season.

He has 37 appearances for Germany.

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