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Holger Badstuber says goodbye to Bayern Munich fans

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Goodbye, old friend.

GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 22: Holger Badstuber of Schalke looks on during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between FC Schalke 04 and PAOK Saloniki at Veltins-Arena on February 22, 2017 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 22: Holger Badstuber of Schalke looks on during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between FC Schalke 04 and PAOK Saloniki at Veltins-Arena on February 22, 2017 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
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Rumors have been swirling in recent weeks as to the expectation that Holger Badstuber would be moving on from Bayern Munich. On Friday, we had confirmation from Bayern that Badstuber would be moving on at the end of the season, and now we have an official statement from Badstuber.

To FC Bayern München and its fans:

1900 words, experiences and stories come in my mind when I think of FC Bayern. For 15 years I have breathed and lived this club with its values. Now, as I say goodbye, I would like to leave it at a simple sentence:

FC Bayern was pure love for me.

My thanks go to my supporters, my former team colleagues and especially to you fans for your outstanding loyalty!

Times change, people as well. A connection to the club will always remain. But it is good that I start a whole new chapter in a few weeks. And I'm really looking forward to it.

Yours, Holger #MiaSanMia

To FC Bayern München and its fans: 1900 words, experiences and stories come in my mind when I think of FC Bayern. For...

Posted by Holger Badstuber on Sunday, May 14, 2017

Here is the statement that Bayern released on Friday.

"It was clear from the start that following his loan spell with Schalke 04, Holger Badstuber would seek to gain new experience elsewhere, probably abroad. FC Bayern München wishes Holger Badstuber all the best and thanks him for his exemplary commitment during almost 15 years at Säbener Straße.“

Now, many people had assumed that Badstuber and Bayern had reached an agreement on a contract extension. This is due to the DFL rule that you cannot loan a player out for the finality of his contract without an extension or transfer agreement reached. Well, this appears to not be the case. Who knows if there’ll be any type of punishment headed Bayern’s way for this violation.

Regardless, good luck, Holger. We’ll miss you at Bayern.