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Neuer seals Bayern switch

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Manuel Neuer has promised to find his feet quickly at Bayern Munich after Schalke agreed to sell the goalkeeper to their Bundesliga rivals.

Bayern confirmed the Germany number one would undergo a medical and sign a five-year contract at the Allianz Arena when he returned from international duty next week. No details of the fee were given by either club.

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."

Neuer's switch to Bayern had been expected since April when he confirmed he would not extend his contract at Schalke.

The keeper's deal expired next summer and the Royals Blues could not risk the possibility of their captain and prized asset leaving 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 he always maintained he wanted to remain in the Bundesliga and Bayern made no secret of their desire to sign him.

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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