Sunday, 20 June, 2021

Bayern Munich sign Reading's Omar Richards

Omar Richards made one England Under-21 appearance in October 2019, but has never played top-flight football

London, May 27: Reading left-back Omar Richards is to join German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich this summer.

The 23-year-old, who joined Reading's academy in 2014, made his debut in August 2017 and has gone on to make 106 appearances for the Championship club.

Richards, who rejected a new contract, will move as a free agent and has agreed to a deal until 2025. He will provide competition for Alphonso Davies at left-back as Bayern aim to bolster their defence.

David Alaba and Jerome Boateng have both left the six-time European champions after a ninth successive Bundesliga title, with highly-rated French central defender Dayot Upamacano moving to Bayern from RB Leipzig.

"My move to FC Bayern is a great honour for me," Richards told the club's website. "A dream has come true. I'm proud to be wearing the shirt of one of the world's biggest clubs," he added.

Richards will wear the number three shirt at Bayern, suggesting he has not been signed merely as a squad player. "Omar is a technically gifted player on the left side of the defence," Bayern's sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said. "He finds good solutions going forward, he's very alert and we trust him to play a good role in our team."