Dutch international seals move to San Siro.
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Netherlands captain Mark van Bommel has left Bayern Munich to join AC Milan on a free transfer.
The 34-year-old midfielder asked to be released from his contract at Bayern after being sidelined by coach Louis van Gaal.
Dutchman Van Bommel, who has played 66 times for his country, said in a statement: “I am leaving FC Bayern with a heavy heart but with head held high.”
Van Bommel’s contract was due to expire at the end of the season.
Milan are top of Serie A and Bayern are fourth in the Bundesliga but Van Bommel leaves Germany with nothing but praise for the supporters of his former club.
“I had four and a half wonderful and successful years at Bayern and would like to express my gratitude to the club and the fans,” he stated.
“FC Bayern will always have a place in my heart.”
SOURCE: BBC Sport
AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri has been picking up some nice strength in depth during recent weeks firstly with the signing of Antonio Cassano from Sampdoria and now with this addition. Mark van Bommel is a hugely experienced player and one well worth having in your armoury and it is no surprise that many of Europe’s top clubs feverishly tried to nab him when he made it clear he wanted to leave Bayern Munich.
By all accounts Tottenham were one of the many sides looking to sign the former Barcelona man but the allure of a move to the table topping San Siro side was clearly too good to refuse.
Anyone who feels that at 33 the Dutch international may be winding down should remember that the midfielder battler had perhaps his most impressive season last term as he helped Bayern Munich to a domestic double as well as a place in the Champions League final and topped the season off by helping his nation to the World Cup final.