Bayern Munich have completed the signing of former Golden Eaglet midfielder Daniel Francis from Abuja-based club FC Hearts.
The 18-year-old Nigerian put pen to paper on a three-year contract with the Bundesliga defending champions that runs until 2025, although the transfer fee involved was not disclosed.
Francis was part of the Golden Eagles squad that featured in the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil where he made only appearances by coming in as a substitute for Ibrahim Said as a 92nd-minute substitute in the 4-2 triumph over Hungary inside Estadio Olimpico.
Former Nigerian U17 star earned himself a professional deal at Bayern Munich through the Bavarian World Squad project after he impressing the coaches led by Brazilian and club legend Ze Roberto plus German former defender Klaus Augenthaler.
In a statement via the club website: “FC Bayern have signed 18-year-old Nigerian Daniel Francis. The midfielder has joined from FC Hearts Abuja on a contract until 2025 and will spend the 2022/23 season on loan at Austrian Bundesliga side Austria Klagenfurt. Francis earned himself a professional contract through FC Bayern’s World Squad project.
“Daniel came to the fore during his time in the FC Bayern World Squad and really stood out in the friendly matches,”
“He attracted interest from other clubs, so we’re pleased to have signed him and that he’ll now be able to gain match experience at Austria Klagenfurt.”
Meanwhile, Klagenfurt Sporting Director Matthias Imhof expressed his delight in having the Nigerian represent his club this term.
“With Daniel, we have a highly talented guy who behaves very cleverly on the pitch despite his young age,” he added.
“He is robust, technically strong and has a good pace. I am convinced that he can take the next step in his career at Austria and be a surprise this season.”
Francis was handed the captain’s armband for FC Bayern World Squad due to his leadership qualities will spend a season loaned to Austrian Bundesliga outfit Austria Klagenfurt for the 2022-23 campaign.