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Jamal Musiala signs first professional contract until 2026 with Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich’s attacking midfielder Jamal Musiala has signed his first professional contract that will keep him at the German champions until 2026.

Musiala joined Bayern’s Under-17s in 2019 from Chelsea and has quickly developed to earn playing time with the senior team and is also expecting a call-up from the German national side.

‘We are very happy that Jamal signed his first contract and it was a long-term one for Bayern,’ the club’s sports director Hasan Salihamidzic said in a statement.

‘Now we have to make sure Jamal develops and is challenged.’

The talented player has made 27 appearances so far for Bayern in all competitions and last week became their youngest ever scorer in the Champions League when he netted in their 4-1 win over Lazio.

Less than 10 days ago Musiala announced he had decided to play in the future for the German national team instead of England, for which he was also eligible, after a talk with Germany coach Joachim Loew.

Loew has said Musiala will be called up for their internationals later in March.

Musiala, who turned 18 on February 26, pledged his future to his country of birth, and not England – despite saying he has an ‘English heart’ and starring for the youth ranks.

The forward has played for England at Under 17 and Under 21 level and had long been considered English.

For example, he was widely said to have become the ‘youngest Englishman’ to score in the Champions League when he struck in Bayern’s 4-1 win over Lazio last month.

But going forward, Musiala will be making history in the German national team.

The FA are involved in another tug-of-war over Valencia winger Yunus Musah, with the USA.

The former Arsenal player turned out for the England youth teams but has featured twice for the US senior side. But both of those games were friendlies, meaning he still has time to switch.

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