João Palhinha Joins Bayern Munich From Fulham

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João Palhinha has joined Bayern Munich from Premier League side Fulham on a four-year contract.

“This is one of the happiest days of my life,” Palhinha said. “I’m now playing for one of the top clubs in Europe. It’s a dream come true for me, and I’m very proud of that. I’m looking forward to the atmosphere and the fans at the Allianz Arena. I want to enjoy success with FC Bayern and win titles — I’ll give it my all.”

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The 28-year-old was on the verge of joining Bayern Munich during the summer, but the deal fell through on deadline day. Shortly after, he signed a contract extension with Fulham that would keep him there until 2028, but Bayern remained persistent in their pursuit of the player and eventually signed him for the next years.

“João Palhinha was highly sought after by FC Bayern even last summer — and rightly so,” Bayern sporting director Max Eberl said. “It was important that we never lost touch. João really wanted to come to Bayern, and we need players like that. He’s an important building block for our future.

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“He’s once again demonstrated his strengths on the big stage at the Euros and brings a lot of experience, having previously played at a Euros and World Cup, and making around 300 appearances in the Portuguese and English leagues. He will give us greater stability in the centre.”

The midfielder, who played 39 games for Fulham in all competitions last season, is Vincent Kompany’s second high-profile addition since taking over as Bayern manager last month. On Sunday, Michael Olise’s transfer to the Bavarian powerhouse was officially announced.

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Since signing for Fulham from Sporting CP in 2022, Palhinha has been one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League. His performances have seen Fulham comfortably avoid relegation in each of his two seasons at the club, with 10th and 13th place finishes respectively.

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