Hansi Flick welcomed the signing of Dayot Upamecano but said “our task is to perform right now” as Bayern Munich prepare to return to Bundesliga action against Arminia Bielefeld.
On Sunday, Bayern announced that they have triggered a €42.5million release clause to land defender Upamecano from domestic rivals RB Leipzig.
The in-demand France international will join the newly-crowned FIFA Club World Cup champions on July 1 after agreeing terms on a five-year deal.
Flick is delighted to have beaten off competition to secure the services of the 22-year-old centre-back, who was linked with the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool
The Bayern head coach’s focus for now is ensuring Bayern extend a seven-match winning streak by beating Bielefeld at Allianz Arena on Monday, when a victory would put the leaders seven points clear of Leipzig.
Flick said: “I’m pleased we’ve managed to sign Dayot. But our task is to perform right now, and the same goes for Dayot at Leipzig. But that’s how I’ve got to know him.”
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Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff expressed his disappointment that Upamecano will be departing, but knew his exit was inevitable.
He told the club’s official website: “Of course, we would have liked to keep Dayot Upamecano at RB Leipzig.
“However, Dayot indicated to us very fairly and in good time that he would like a new challenge this summer and take the next step. The talks with Dayot and his agent as well as with FC Bayern were transparent and constructive at all times.
“It was well-known that Dayot’s contract contained a buy-out clause. Our task was therefore to prepare for the situation that he would one day leave us, and we’ve done our homework in that regard.
“Dayot has shown outstanding development during his time in Leipzig, which is exemplary for our philosophy of finding young talents and consistently bringing them to the top level.
“Dayot has been and remains an important factor in our success and FC Bayern can look forward to an outstanding footballer and great person. We are now looking to the tasks ahead and want to give Liverpool a great fight on Tuesday in the Champions League last 16.”
Flick expects to be without Leon Goretzka (calf) when the champions face Bielefeld, while Thomas Muller and Javi Martinez will be monitored.