World Cup victor Pavard to join Bayern Munich from July 1

Benjamin Pavard scored a brilliant goal against Argentina during France’s run to World Cup glory

Pavard - a natural centre-back deployed on the right of defence effectively by coach Didier Deschamps - memorably scored arguably the goal of the tournament in a sizzling first knockout stage win over Argentina, leading to many of Europe's elite clubs to start vying for his signature.

Bayern Munich have confirmed that France's World Cup-winning defender Benjamin Pavard will join them in July 2019.

Pavard, who was one of the shooting stars at the 2018 FIFA World after starting six of France's seven games and scoring the Goal of the Tournament, will join the club on a five-year deal.

"He is young and a world champion, so we are happy and proud to have won over such a player", said Bayern's sports director Hasan Salihamidzic at their winter training camp in Doha.

Pavard enjoyed an impressive World Cup in Russian Federation, scoring a spectacular goal in his country's win over Argentina in the round of 16.

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He has been in demand due to his form in Slovakia, and Parma and Rapid Vienna have been linked with the forward, before Celtic announced they had won the race to sign him.

"He signed a five-year contract."

And the signing of Pavard is unlikely to be the final piece of business completed by Bayern in January. "He has a lot of potential".

Following an outstanding debut season in Germany's upper tier, Pavard has struggled this term, just like Stuttgart.

The Bavarians also face Liverpool in the Champions League Round of 16 next month.

Bayern are now on their annual winter training camp in Doha as they prepare for the second half of the Bundesliga campaign.

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