Financial details emerge in Adrian Fein’s move from Bayern Munich to Excelsior Rotterdam
It’s official: Bayern Munich midfielder Adrian Fein has been announced by Dutch top flight Excelsior Rotterdam as a new player, with a contract until 2024, with an option for a further year.
This concludes a saga consisting of numerous loans – including one to Dutch club PSV Eindhoven – and which at one point seemed to end with the 23-year-old leaving for MLS club LAFC in the summer:
Financial details of the transaction have also emerged. Sky’s Florian Plettenberg as captured by @iMiaSanMiait’s a ‘free transfer, but Bayern will get a sell clause’.
By sky, Fein had practiced on trial with the Dutch team. Because Fein is still under contract with Bayern until 2023, the actual mechanics weren’t straightforward, but with Fein having “no future” at Bayern and a salary reportedly north of £2m. euros, Bayern were very motivated to find a solution. This appears to have come by waiving the transfer fee, with only a possible future percentage as compensation.
Sky reports Joshua Zirkzee and Bouna Sarr are the remaining senior players Bayern are still looking to sell ahead of transfer window closes September 1.
“Adrian Fein joined us at a very young age and became a professional footballer on the FC Bayern campus. He has gained valuable experience over the past few years as a player on loan at PSV Eindhoven or Hamburger SV and is now ready for the next stage of his career. We wish him all the best and much success for the future.
Rotterdam Technical Director Niels van Duinen for ExcelsiorRotterdam.nl:
“He was one of Bayern Munich’s most promising players. Adrian is an intelligent footballer, a controlling midfielder who can read the game well and despite his young age can share his experience in our group. After the first conversation with him, we noticed that he has a huge desire to show himself again in European clubs after a lesser season. He wants to do it, despite a lot of interest from abroad, at Excelsior. He believes in the plan that we After reaching an agreement with Bayern, we were able to sign Adrian for two years with an option for another season.
Finally, in his own words — Adrian Fein, also for ExcelsiorRotterdam.nl:
“I trained a few times last week and played the game against Union Sint-Gillis,” says Munich native Adrian Fein. “It was very good for me to get an idea of the club and the city. I immediately felt welcome and at home and so the choice was quickly made. It was also nice to see and discover the city as well as the club, because when you definitely arrive at a place, it’s nice to have a good feeling, in Rotterdam and with Excelsior, that’s certainly the case.
Farewell, Adrian, all the best!