Bayern sign Germany starlet Marcell Jansen

Rumour which has been growing in intensity over the last few days became reality on Thursday evening when Bayern announced the signing of Germany starlet Marcell Jansen. The versatile 21-year-old arrives at the Säbener Strasse from relegated Borussia Mönchengladbach for an undisclosed fee, and is set to ink a four-year deal keeping him in Munich until 30 June 2011.

Jansen has played for Gladbach since joining his home-town club as an 11-year-old, but was unwilling to drop a division with the side which finished bottom of the Bundesliga in 2006-7. The youngster, who is equally at home on the left side of midfield or at left-back, has scored five goals in a total of 73 German top flight appearances to date.

He made his full international debut for Germany on 3 September 2005 against Slovakia, and currently boasts a total of 14 caps. Standing 1.91 metres / 6 ft 3 in tall and weighing in at 84 kilograms / 185 pounds, he was the youngest player in the Germany squad at last summer’s World Cup.

The Monchengladbach-born talent joins Hamit Alintop, Jan Schlaudraff and Ernesto Sosa as Bayern’s fourth confirmed new arrival for the coming campaign. More signings will be announced shortly.

A pleasant bonus for the player will be his new-found proximity to his girlfriend, voted “Miss Munich” two years ago and a resident of the Bavarian capital. Welcome to Bayern, Marcell!
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