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Bayern Munich sign Arijon Ibrahimovic to a new contract, the 17-year-old German wonderkid who idolized Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo and is now being hailed as the ‘next Leon Goretzka’

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Ibrahimovic has signed a contract with Bayern Munich which runs until 2025, the German giants have announced.

No, not that one – 17-year-old Arijon Ibrahimovic.

Young German star Arijon Ibrahimovic has signed a new contract with Bayern Munich

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has one of the most famous names in football - but there's a new Ibra on the scene

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has one of the most famous names in football – but there’s a new Ibra on the scene

Although they share one of the best-known names in world football, the Bayern starlet has no connection to Swedish icon Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

While Zlatan is one of the great strikers in the game, Arijon is a central midfielder by trade and has been in Bayern Munich’s academy since 2018.

He joined the Bavarian giants aged 13 after spells in the youth ranks for Bundesliga 2 sides Greuther Furth and Nuremberg.

Born in Germany to Kosovar parents, Arijon Ibrahimovic has been capped at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 level for Germany and has been named a star for the future.

He has been training with the first team since the 2021/22 season and recently made his first senior appearance for the club in a friendly against Red Bull Salzburg on January 13 ahead of the Bundesliga’s return from the summer break. ‘winter.

He replaced Jamal Musiala and marked his appearance with a goal that helped Bayern come from 3-1 down to draw 4-4 with the Austrian side.

Ibrahimovic in action against Red Bull Salzburg, where he scored a goal in his first senior appearance for Bayern Munich

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Ibrahimovic in action against Red Bull Salzburg, where he scored a goal in his first senior appearance for Bayern Munich

Ibrahimovic was born in Germany to Kosovar parents and has spent his entire youth career so far playing for the Germans

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Ibrahimovic was born in Germany to Kosovar parents and has spent his entire youth career so far playing for the Germans

Although this match does not count as an official senior appearance, he has been named on the bench twice by first-team coach Julian Nagelsmann this season – against Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga and against Inter Milan in the League. champions.

He also made two appearances for Bayern Munich II this season, showing his creative talent with two assists.

Ibrahimovic has been named in The Guardian’s Next Gen 2022 list of 60 young footballers to watch, which describes him as a “remarkable talent in his own right” as he nods to his veteran striker namesake.

Although now a midfielder, Ibrahimovic spent his youth as a striker and scored for delight at all youth levels, even naming Zlatan and Cristiano Ronaldo as his role models.

He played a total of 48 competitive games for Bayern’s U17 and U19 sides, scoring 25 goals. He has also made twelve appearances for Germany U17s, scoring nine goals, and currently plays for Germany U18s where he currently has two goals in six games.

Known for his supreme dribbling skills and tackling ability, the youngster has been compared to Bayern and Germany star Leon Goretzka.

And Bayern rewarded his promising rise with new terms, with the teenage signing deal to keep him at Munich until 2025.

Bayern chief Hasan Salihamidzic said of the news: “We are very happy to have extended the contract with Ari Ibrahimovic.

“He has developed very well with us and will now be part of our professional team. Josip Stanisic, Paul Wanner, Johannes Schenk, now Ari: these are all talents that we have trained at the FC Bayern Campus and of which we have high hopes.

Arijon Ibrahimovic: “I am very proud and grateful. For me a dream becomes reality. I look forward to the next steps at FC Bayern.

Sorry, Zlatan – there’s a new Ibrahimovic in town.

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