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Bayern Munich center-back Maxime Awoudja has signed with VfB Stuttgart

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The Bayern II defender will make a move to Stuttgart in hopes of securing a first-team position.

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Per a release from Bayern Munich, center-back Maxime Awoudja will make the move to VfB Stuttgart. The 21-year-old center-back has signed a long-term deal with the Swabians, who have a gaping hole in their central defense after the departures of Benjamin Pavard to Bayern Munich and Ozan Kabak to Schalke 04.

The two clubs will not release any further details of the transfer at this time, but Transfermarkt has the transfer fee at €1.5 million for the former Bayern II defender. Bayern campus director Hermann Gerland had this to say about Awoudja:

After two seasons in the regional league, Maxime wanted to take the next step into professional football, but we didn’t want to spoil this opportunity for him as a long-standing player. We wish him all the best for the VfB and will follow his further development very closely.

Even with the departure of Mats Hummels to Borussia Dortmund, Awoudja had to look at Bayern Munich’s depth chart and assess that his best opportunity for first-team football would be elsewhere. Currently, Niklas Sule, Lucas Hernandez, Jerome Boateng, Pavard, Lars Lukas Mai, and Chris Richards are likely all held in higher regard than Awoudja, who should benefit from the move.

For his part Awoudja was appreciative of the experience he received at Bayern:

I spent my entire career at FC Bayern Munich and had an incredibly beautiful and successful time here. I would like to thank everyone for that. For me it is time to take the next step. I wish my fellow players and the entire team every success for the coming third league season.