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Bayern in swoop for defender Breno

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  • Bayern Munich have signed Brazilian teenage defender Breno from Sao Paulo
  • The 18-year-old joins on a four-and-a-half year contract for an undisclosed fee
  • Bayern had to beat off a host of other big European clubs to sign the player
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MUNICH, Germany -- Bayern Munich have signed Brazilian teenage defender Breno on a four-and-a- half year contract which will keep him at the German giants until June 2012.

Breno (left) has signed a four-and-a-half year contract with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

The 18-year-old, currently with Sao Paulo, will become a Bayern player on January 1 and will join the Bundesliga leaders for their winter break training camp in Marbella from January 13 to 19.

"We are very pleased to have signed such a young and hugely talented player," said Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who desribed the Brazilian as a "star for the future".

Bayern will pay Sao Paulo an undisclosed fee for his services.

"He is an absolute talent," said Bayern's former striker Giovane Elber, who works as the German team's scout in South America and spotted the talented teenager.

"For his age, he is already world class. He is a strong header of the ball, has great pace and is very composed on the pitch."

Bayern had to beat off a host of big European clubs to sign Breno with AC Milan, Juventus, Fiorentina and Real Madrid all expressing interest.

"I wanted to play for a big team," said Breno, who can play at right-back or center-back. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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