Bayern Munich have handed young defender Frans Krätzig a professional contract until 30th June 2027.
Krätzig signed for Bayern’s youth team at the age of 14 from FC Nürnberg’s academy and has since progressed through to the reserve team and even made his professional debut in the Bundesliga on Saturday 23rd September in a 7-0 win against VfL Bochum.
He then went on to score his first competitive senior goal for Bayern in a 4-0 win against SC Preußen Münster in the DFB-Pokal first round.
“This is an indescribable honour, I’m very proud,” said Krätzig.
“FC Bayern is one of the best clubs in the world. I’m grateful to everyone for the trust shown in me and the opportunity, and I will always try to give my best. This is just the starting point now. I have to keep working hard on myself.”
Originally a midfielder, Krätzig was converted to a left-back last season by reserve coach Holger Seitz. His attacking output has since increased whilst playing left-back, as he provided two goals and three assists last season.
Krätzig consistently produced impressive performances last season for the reserve team, and during pre-season, he took his chance with the first team by producing a stunning strike to win the match 4-3 against Liverpool. He was additionally voted player of the match.
Bayern Munich’s sporting director Christopher Freund has additionally spoke on Krätzig’s first professional contract.
“We are very happy that Frans will now stay with us for at least another four years. He was one of the first talents to start at the then brand new FC Bayern Campus in 2017 – and proof of how consistent work pays off. Frans is a very intelligent young footballer, he has a strong left foot, can be deployed in several positions and is just a really good, positive guy. Players like him are a prime example of how to make it to senior level at FC Bayern at a young age. We’re looking forward to his next steps with us,” said Freund.
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