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FCB confirm Tolisso departure

By Peter Vice

FC Bayern München officially confirmed that the contract of French midfielder Corentin Tolisso would not be renewed on Monday. 

Corentin Tolisso.
Corentin Tolisso.Photo: Werner100359, CC BY-SA 4.0

After five years in Bayern red, Germany's record champions FC Bayern München and French central midfielder Corentin Tolisso are officially going their separate ways. After an injury-plagued last two seasons, there seemed to be little impetus for extending the 27-year-old's expiring contract. There were nevertheless some exploratory talks between club and player earlier this year that ultimately led nowhere.

"We would like to thank Corentin Tolisso for five successful years together," FCB sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic noted in a statement released on the club's website, "Even through several difficult phases, he always gave everything for FC Bayern. We wish him every success in his future endeavors."

"Correction was part of our team for five years," Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn added in his own statement, "He was part of our historic six-title campaign in 2020, among other things. We thank him for all his achievements and dedication and wish him all the best for the future."

Injuries limited Tolisso to just 72 appearances in a total possible 170 league games. The Frenchman--now available to any club on a free transfer--has seen his estimated market value sink from the €41.5 million Bayern paid to Olympique Lyon in 2017 to just €15 million today.

German footballing magazine Kicker reports that, as of yet unnamed, Spanish and French clubs are interested in picking the 2018 World Champion up.

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