Bayern Munich have completed the signing of highly-rated Valencia full-back Juan Bernat on a five-year deal. Bernat, 21, joins Pep Guardiola’s side for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around €10m, after an impressive season with Los Che in 2013/14.
The Spanish Under 21 starlet made 49 appearances for Valencia last season having come up through their academy system, as they made it to the semi-finals of the Europa League. He now joins compatriots Thiago Alcantara and Javi Martinez in Bayern’s multi-talented and multi-cultural squad.
Bernat only switched to full-back in 2013 but has since made the position his own at the Mestalla. It is thought that he will provide back-up to Bayern’s first choice left-back David Alaba, and maybe be deployed on the wing as a defensive option.
The Valencian youngster admitted he was very excited to make his debut for the Bavarians, and play alongside a number of worldwide stars.
“I am very happy that I will be able to play for this massive club,” he said. “Bayern are one of the biggest teams in the world.
“I am very excited to play in a team with [Philipp] Lahm, [Manuel] Neuer, [Bastian] Schweinsteiger, [Arjen] Robben and [Franck] Ribery, and to have Guardiola as a coach.”