Per his own Instagram story, American defender Chris Richards has ended his trip back to the United States and returned to Bavaria. The Texans Soccer Club product saw his loan elapse at the end of December, so this could mean the 18-year-old’s career may include another stint with Bayern Munich.
The FC Dallas loanee has been rumored to have reached a deal with Die Roten, but nothing formal has been announced by the club or by Richards’ camp. By all accounts Richards impressed the Bayern front office during his loan stint and turned in a commendable performance during his play with members of the first team during the International Champions Cup competition last summer.
Below are screencaps of Richards’ Instagram story where he lays out his trip.
At 6’2” with excellent agility, Richards has all the makings of a future star for the United States Men’s National Team and whichever club he ultimately signs a contract with.
UPDATE: 11:38AM EST
Per a tweet by Sam Stejskal, National Writer for MLSSoccer.com, Richards has signed a deal with Bayern, which included a low seven figure fee with a sell-on clause.
Source: U.S. U-20 CB Chris Richards' move from FC Dallas to Bayern Munich is complete. FCD will receive a low seven-figure fee w/ sell-on clause for the Alabama native, who spent second half of 2018 on loan to Bayern. @SoccerByIves reported last month move was being finalized.— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) January 5, 2019
American journalist Charles Boehm followed Stejskal’s tweet with additional details on the move. Boehm has reported that it will be a three-year deal worth $1.5M.