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Bayern Munich seal €28.5m deal for teenage striker

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The Bundesliga champions have added a new promising young attacker to their ranks ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

 Mathys Tel has joined Bayern Munich from Ligue 1 side Rennes in a transfer worth €28.5 million.

Bayern will pay Rennes an initial €20 million for the 17-year-old striker, plus a potential €8.5 million in add-ons. Tel, who completed his medical on Monday, has signed a contract at the German club until June 2027.

“FC Bayern is one of the best teams in the world,” he told the club’s website.

“I’m really looking forward to this great challenge and will give everything for this club. The talks with [sporting director] Hasan Salihamidžić and those responsible at FC Bayern really impressed me and made me quickly realize that I absolutely wanted to go to Munich.”

Who is Mathys Tel?

Bayern’s new No. 39 played for French clubs Villiers Le Bel, Paris FC, ASJ Aubervilliers, and Montrouge FC in his youth career, and also spent time at the famed Clairefontaine academy.

Tel joined Rennes in 2020 and made his professional debut a year in a 1-1 draw against Brest. At 16 years and 110 days old, he surpassed Real Madrid’s Eduardo Camavinga as the club’s youngest debutant.

He made 10 appearances across all competitions during the 2021/22 campaign for Rennes, but didn’t find the back of the net.

Nonetheless, Tel has thrived at youth level. The frontman recently captained the France U-17s to European glory in Israel. He produced three goals and an assist in the group stage, and scored in the shootout victories over Germany and Portugal, before lifting the trophy following Les Bleus’ 2-1 win against the Netherlands in the final on June 1.

“He’s a very young, talented player who can play different positions… he’s very quick, strong with his body,” Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann said about Tel at the weekend.

“He’s good at defending the ball with his back towards the opponent’s goal… I have the vision that he could score 40 goals [in a season like Robert Lewandowski] one day in the future.”