German champions Bayern Munich have signed Dutch international Daley Blind on a short-term deal, the Bundesliga club has confirmed.
The 32-year-old was a free agent since last week after agreeing to terminate his contract with Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam six months early.
“We are really pleased that Daley has joined the team,” Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said. “Daley is a versatile defender who can play on the left-hand side as well as in the centre. He has lots of international experience and leadership qualities.”
Bayern Munich needed a short-term fix in defence which Daley Blind provides after their star defender Lucas Hernandez tore his ACL while on international duty with France during the World Cup.
With Alphonso Davies making the left-back spot his own, Blind will likely have to play centre-back during his six-month stay which should not be too much of a problem given his experience.
Blind, who helped the Netherlands reach last year’s World Cup quarter-finals in Qatar, won seven titles with Ajax while making 333 appearances and scoring 13 goals and contributing 21 assists. He also won the 2017 Europa League during his spell with Premier League’s club Manchester United.
Bayern Munich will resume their hunt for another Bundesliga title on 21st January and will need all the help they can get after an up-and-down season. With Mane still injured and Manuel Neur ruled out with a broken leg, Blind may not be the last of reinforcements for Munich this transfer window.