Cottbus striker joins FC Bayern

Posted on May 19, 2011

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BAYERN MUNICH have made their first signing of the summer with Energie Cottbus striker Nils Petersen agreeing a three-year-deal this afternoon, according to KICKER.

Petersen, 22, has been linked with FC Bayern for a number of weeks and is being touted as a long-term replacement for Miroslav Klose.

The Cottbus hitman netted 25 goals in 33 league games this season which puts him top of the goalscoring charts in Bundesliga.2.

Petersen said: “It makes me proud that Bayern Munich is my new employer. Without the support organization, without the coaching staff, without Cottbus, I would get a chance at FC Bayern Munich.”

Jupp Heynckes will take over at the Allianz Arena next season and has already began shaping his squad for the start of the new campaign. Thomas Kraft, Andreas Ottl and Hamit Altintop are on their way out of the club, along with Mehmet Ekici, and potentially Klose.

In recent weeks, Heynckes has been meeting with FC Bayern Sporting Director Christian Nerlinger about the new transfer policy for the season ahead.

Nerlinger told the offical FCB website: “We were in touch with Jupp Heynckes before last Monday, but not in any great depth.

“We’re aiming to strengthen the team in selected areas, because our goal is to return to the German title race and also seize the initiative in Europe,”

Nerlinger also indicated FC Bayern’s are prioritising one particular position ahead of the new season.

He added: “It’s clear we want to strengthen our defence.”

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