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Official: Bayern Munich’s Joshua Zirkzee joins RSC Anderlecht on loan

Joshua Zirkzee is off to Belgium.

FC Bayern Muenchen v Borussia Moenchengladbach - Pre-Season Match Bundesliga Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

It is finally official, Bayern Munich has loaned young striker Joshua Zirkzee to RSC Anderlecht per FCBayern.com:

FC Bayern have loaned Joshua Zirkzee to Anderlecht for one year without an option to purchase. The 20-year-old striker is to gain further match practice at the Belgian record champions.

Board member for sport Hasan Salihamidžić: “It’s very important for Joshua that he gets as much playing time as possible. Anderlecht offers him this chance. Joshua can now take the important next step in his professional career in an interesting league, and I trust him to have a good season.”

Anderlecht put out a little hype video for the announcement:

Bayern Munich’s release was less a Michaël Cuisance-hype video and more straightforward:

Anderlecht should be a good landing spot for the talented, but mercurial youngster. At 20, Zirkzee is still young enough to rediscover that quality that initially made Bayern Munich sign him, but he is also progressing to the point where he will have to start making the necessary changes in his game to improve himself...or become yet another player who could not adapt to the top-flight, first-team level.