Brazil international centre-back Dante has signed a one-year contract extension with treble winners FC Bayern Munich.
The former Lille and Standard Liege defender, 30, joined FC Bayern from Bundesliga rivals Borussia Monchengladbach for a bargain fee of around €5 million.
Since arriving at the Allianz Arena, Dante has established himself as an integral part of the Bayern first-team, having totaled 79 club appearances in all competitions — including 18 in the UEFA Champions League — over the past two seasons.
“Joining Bayern was the best decision of my life,” Dante said. “Everything here is good: the club, the team, the trophies we win, the atmosphere.
“Bayern is the right club for me and that’s why I’m delighted to be staying in Munich until at least 2017. I’m certain this team can enjoy a lot more fun and success in the years to come.”
Moreover, the club’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is delighted Dante has agreed a new deal until June 2017.
Rummenigge added: “Signing Dante was definitely one of our best transfers of recent years.
“In just a year and a half he has emerged as one of our most important players both on and off the field. In the time Dante has been in the team we’ve won five domestic and international trophies.
“On top of that he is set to fulfill the dream of every Brazilian footballer this summer by playing at the World Cup in his home country. We’re delighted Dante has decided to make FC Bayern Munich his home until 2017.”
FC Bayern will travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday, 1 April 2014, with the reigning European champions priced at 4/7 to defeat United.
Guarin signs new Internazionale deal
FC Internazionale Milano midfielder Fredy Guarin has penned a contract extension at the club amid speculation linking him with English Premier League powerhouses Chelsea and Manchester United.
The Colombia international, 27, is now contracted to the San Siro until the summer of 2017, ensuring Inter do not have to sell him on the cheap.
Guarin, who joined the Nerazzurri on a permanent deal from FC Porto for €11 million in 2012, has bagged three goals and six assists in 26 Serie A appearances this season, while adding one goal in eight international caps for his country.
The 27-year-old maestro is expected to be a key figure in midfield for Colombia at this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.
Los Cafeteros, captained by Atalanta’s Mario Yepes, are backed by the bookmakers at 28/1 to win the 2014 World Cup.