FC Bayern have signed defensive talent Ljubo Puljic from Croatian first division club NK Osijek. The German record champions officially announced this on Wednesday. The teenager signed a “long-term contract”, according to the FCB statement.
Halil Altintop, sporting director at FC Bayern Campus, said: “Ljubo is a strong tackle defender with a solid guard. He has a great mentality, always gives everything for his team on the pitch. He also has great character. We are very happy. that our scouting team around squad planner Florian Zahn was able to implement this change with great vigour, and that Ljubo is moving to the campus.”
Puljic, who celebrates his 16th birthday on Wednesday, is considered a great talent and was in great demand. In addition to Juventus and FC Barcelona, Bayern’s Bundesliga rival BVB is said to have tried to attract the teenager. According to the editors of the Italian transfer expert Gianluca di Marzio, Munich will transfer 2.8 million euros for Puljic to his former club.
Puljic last appeared for the U17 NK Osijeks. He has also completed a number of assignments for the Croatia U17 national team. At the U17 European Championship he appeared, among other things, as a goalscorer in the group game against the Netherlands.
At FC Bayern, Puljic is also initially planned for the U17 team from the coming season.