Bayern Munich officially announced on Tuesday the acquisition of young Australian winger Nestory Irankunda from Adelaide United. The 17-year-old player is set to join the German team on July 1, 2024, signing a “long-term” contract, according to Bayern’s official statement on the transfer.
Although the transfer fee was not disclosed by Bayern Munich, the German press suggests that the signing involved more than three million euros (approximately 15,865,152 Brazilian reais).
So far, Irankunda has played 39 matches for Adelaide United, scoring nine goals and providing two assists. Jochen Sauer, Bayern’s director of youth development, highlighted that the player’s experiences in the Australian A-League will be beneficial for his development.
“For some time, we have been observing Nestory, and we are pleased to have reached an agreement with him and Adelaide United on his transfer to Munich next summer. We would like to thank the officials at United for the always constructive discussions. Nestory is an extremely fast winger, skilled in dribbling and finishing, and has a lot of power for goal,” added the director.
Born in a refugee camp in Tanzania, Irankunda has represented the Australian U-17 national team, scoring four goals and providing an assist in five youth category matches. Despite being called up for the senior team in the games against Colombia and Ecuador in March 2023, he has not made his debut for the Socceroos.
For Irankunda, signing with Bayern represents the fulfillment of a dream. He expressed his happiness and stated to the Adelaide website that he will seize every opportunity presented by the club, aiming to make his family proud. Irankunda’s signing aligns with Bayern’s program of scouting and nurturing young talents, following the paths of other talents like Alphonso Davies, Kingsley Coman, and Mathys Tel.
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