Dante's time with Munich has come to an end. The 31-year-old defender is officially transferring to Wolfsburg, Bayern Munich confirmed on their website Sunday morning.
BILD is reporting Dante will transfer for €4 million and will sign a three-year contract. The Brazilian moves after a three-year stint with the Rekordmeister, during which he won three Bundesliga titles, two German Cups, a UEFA Champions League title, and a FIFA Club World Cup. He also was nominated for the FIFA/FIFPro World XI and broke into the Brazilian national team for the first time in his career.
"We want to thank Dante," said Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. "Bayern experienced with him a very successful period with a lot of terrific moments and titles. Besides we got to know and appreciate Dante as a very pleasant and sympathetic man. We wish him all the best with his future."
Dante came to Munich in 2012 after Bayern met his €4.7 million buyout clause with Borussia Mönchengladbach. He quickly became the main option in defense under Jupp Heynckes, and remained one once Pep Guardiola took over. However, he started to have unflattering moments in big games, and as Bayern's depth grew, his role began to slowly diminish. This decent in the squad exacerbated itself when he did not get the start on Saturday, Guardiola not giving him the start despite being the only available center back.
"Dante wanted the chance to play regularly," Rummenigge said. "We did not want to refuse this wish."
He now joins a defense that includes another Brazilian Bundesliga veteran Naldo. With Felipe still trying to regain fitness, Wolfsburg now have four experienced options in the center of defense, important for a team competing in the Champions League this season.
Thank you for everything! @dante_bonfim will soon complete a transfer to Wolfsburg. #ThanksDante pic.twitter.com/eJOJOSgDhV— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) August 30, 2015