Wagner extends stay with Hoffenheim

FC Bayern München have ended their interest in Sandro Wagner after he signed a contract extension with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

The 29-year-old German international scored 11 goals in 31 Bundesliga games last season before netting a further three for his country in three games after being selected for the Confederations Cup squad.

A former Bayern striker, Wagner has also played for MSV Duisburg, Werder Bremen, FC Kaiserslautern on loan, Hertha BSC and Darmstadt 98.

The Bundesliga champions were keen on snapping up the in-form player, but he opted rather to remain at Hoffenheim.

A club statement read: "TSG Hoffenheim have extended striker Sandro Wagner’s contract in advance. 

"His new deal runs until June 30th, 2020. Wagner, who was a part of the Germany side that won the Confederations Cup in Russia at the beginning of July, joined TSG from SV Darmstadt 98 prior to the 2016/17 season."

Manager Julian Nagelsmann added: "Sandro is a great finisher who is an imposing presence on the pitch and has added new elements to his game over the course of last season.” “In addition, he’s a good character to have on the team. He keeps his opponents busy and displays a lot of emotion on the pitch. He’s an important personality in the locker-room.”

And Wagner said: "I am happy that I could agree this deal to stay with TSG. I want to help us achieve even great success in the future.

"We face a challenge with our first participation in an international competition [Hoffenheim qualified for the Champions League play-offs], which we will meet with great ambition."

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