Bayern Munich sign teenage defender Kouassi from PSG

MUNICH, Aug. 29, 2018 (Xinhua) — German player Bastian Schweinsteiger (R) celebrates after scoring during his farewell match between Bayern Munich of Germany and Chicago Fire of the United States, in Munich, Germany, on Aug. 28, 2018. A Farewell match for German soccer player Bastian Schweinsteiger was held in Munich on Tuesday between Bayern Munich and Chicago Fire. He used to play for Bayern Munich from 1998 to 2015 and has been a member of Chicago Fire since 2017. Bayern Munich won 4-0. (Xinhua/Philippe Ruiz/IANS)

Berlin, July 1 (IANS) Bayern Munich FC have completed the signing of 18-year-old defender Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). The French youth international joins on a contract valid until June 30, 2024.

Although his primary position is centre-back, he can play in multiple positions across the defence. As well as French citizenship, the right-footer also possesses an Ivorian passport.

“I’m very happy to be able to play for FC Bayern. It’s a big club, rich in tradition. I really hope I’ll be able to establish myself here and play a lot of matches. For that I’ll work hard,” Kouassi was quoted as saying by the club’s website.

Kouassi has represented his country 12 times at junior level, scoring one goal. He reached the European Championship semi-finals with the France U17 team last summer, where they finished third. Kouassi started every match at the tournament and scored against Spain.

Board member for sport Hasan Salihamidzic said:” We’re very happy that we’ve been able to bring Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi to FC Bayern. In our opinion he’s one of the biggest talents in Europe.”

“His best position is central defender, but he can fill several positions. We’re sure he’ll have a great career in Munich and will strengthen our team,” he added.

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