Status: 20.11.2023, 17:01 PM
By: Stefan Schmid, Marius Epp, Niklas Kirk
FC Bayern have signed youngster Nestory Irankunda. The 17-year-old initially peddled his contract length, but then rowed back.
Update from November 20, 17:00 p.m.: Nestory Irankunda will have until at least the end of April to prove himself at Adelaide United in Australia's top flight, when the regular season ends. Depending on the performance of his team, there will still be games in the championship round. After that, the right-winger left the continent and moved to FC Bayern Munich.
The ink on the contract is already dry, but Munich has so far kept a secret about the duration of the contract. Only this much: it should be a "long-term contract". It was Irankunda itself, of all places, that brought light into the darkness. As reported by Sport1, the Australian wrote on Instagram that he was very happy to have received "a four-year contract with FC Bayern Munich". In the meantime, the article has been edited and there is only talk of a "multi-year contract".
Mischievous smile, good mood. Nestory Irankunda is looking forward to the move to FC Bayern. © IMAGO/MATT TURNER
Update from November 14, 10:57 a.m.: The stage is set for the first Australian to wear an FC Bayern shirt: Nestory Irankunda has signed for Säbener Straße. Bayern announced the transfer of the 17-year-old gem in a statement on Tuesday. Never before has a player from Down Under played for the record champions.
Irankunda was born in Tanzania but grew up in Australia. He has already made seven appearances for the Socceroos' U17s, scoring eleven goals. He has also been called up to the senior national team. Most recently, he was under contract with Australian first division club Adelaide United. FC Bayern have signed Irankunda to a "long-term contract", the exact term is not known.
Nestory Irankunda wants to celebrate for FC Bayern in the future. © IMAGO/MATT TURNER
"We've had Nestory on our radar for some time now and are delighted to have reached an agreement with him and Adelaide United on a move to Munich for next summer," said youth director Jochen Sauer. He describes him as "an extremely fast winger, strong in dribbling and finishing and with a lot of drive to the goal."
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First reported on 10 November: Munich – FC Bayern may soon be able to make public a long-awaited transfer. As reported by the Australian sports portal FTBL, Adelaide United and the German record champions are close to an agreement on the transfer of top talent Nestory Irankunda.
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Youngster on the verge of a move to FC Bayern – original deal collapsed in May
Back in May, talks were said to be "well advanced" about the 17-year-old, who is set to take the next step in his career at Säbener Straße. Ultimately, the hesitation of the A-League club is said to have led to the deal not going through. Now he is to be staged in the summer of 2024 and Irankunda will be thrown straight into the deep end of the Bundesliga instead of playing another year on loan in Australia. The report does not give concrete figures regarding the transfer.
This amendment was due to the initiative of Christoph Freund. Instead of developing at a lower level, he is expected to follow in the footsteps of Alphonso Davies and Jamal Musiala, who played important roles in the team at a very young age and are now among the top performers. The report also takes good note of the fact that Thomas Tuchel has increasingly relied on young talent Mathys Tel in pre-season.
FC Bayern continue to court Nestory Irankunda. © IMAGO/DARREN PATEMAN
Youngster on the verge of a move to FC Bayern - 17-year-old already called up to the national team
Before that happens, the striker, who was first called up to the Socceroos squad in March, is facing another season Down Under. After the departure of Craig Goodwin to Saudi Arabia this season, he is expected to take on much more responsibility and get playing time.
Further progress during this time will be welcome at FC Bayern and Christoph Freund. Irankunda, who was born in Tanzania, is considered to be flexible throughout the offensive.
Youngster on the verge of a move to FC Bayern – Irankunda impresses with speed
He impressed the FC Bayern officials above all with his speed, his strong right foot and his ability to score goals from almost impossible situations. Last season, he made 19 appearances in the Australian league, scoring five goals and assisting two more. (nki)