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Bayern Munich have confirmed they have agreed a deal with Schalke to sign goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

The Germany international will undergo a medical and sign a five-year contract at the Allianz Arena when he returns from international duty next week.

The 25-year-old said: "I am really looking forward to this huge and exciting challenge at Bayern."

He added: "Many of my international team-mates will be my team-mates in Munich. Therefore I won't be going into a new environment and will certainly settle in quickly."

Bayern and Schalke have signed an agreement which will see Neuer join the Bavarians on July 1.

Neuer's switch to Bayern was one of the worst kept secrets in European football after he confirmed he would not extend his contract at Schalke, but said he wanted to remain in the Bundesliga.

The keeper's contract expired next summer and the Royals Blues could not afford to let him leave on a free transfer.

He was linked with a move to Manchester United after his heroics in Schalke's Champions League semi-final first-leg defeat to the English champions, but that never looked likely.

Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: "Bayern are very happy in Manuel Neuer to have signed for the long term not only the Germany number one, but also one of the best goalkeepers in the world."

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