By Rune Gjerulff@runegjerulff

Bayern confirm Martinez departure

Bayern München have announced that Javi Martinez will leave the club when his contract runs out this summer.
After nine years at Bayern München, Javi Martinez will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season.

“I’m very proud and happy to have been part of the FC Bayern family for nine years. I’d like to thank this great club and especially our fans – you have made Munich my home! I'll never forget these nine years," said Martinez.

"From the very first day, I felt the ‘Mia san mia’ and the special nature of FC Bayern. I lived for this club, always gave everything for it, and am very happy about the many titles we won together. FC Bayern and its fans will forever be in my heart. Muchas gracias, dankeschön, servus – see you again!”

Bayern president Herbert Hainer commented:

"Javi Martinez is one of those people who make it clear what FC Bayern stands for. When top international players identify with our club way he does, you can achieve great things. Javi quickly became one of us, and the incredible amount of success we’ve enjoyed with him speaks for itself. Javi Martinez will always have a special place in the history of this club. We wish him all the best for his future."

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