Bayern sign Gladbach defender Dante

Bayern Munich have signed Brazilian defender Dante on a four-year contract from Bundesliga rivals Borussia Monchengladbach.

Gladbach confirmed Dante, full name Dante Bonfim Costa Santos, is leaving them on their website and the 28-year-old said the offer to play for the Bavarian giants was just too good to refuse.

The transfer was confirmed as Bayern reached the UEFA Champions League final at Munich's Allianz Arena on 19 May after beating Real Madrid on penalties last night.

"Bayern Munich is one of the three or four biggest clubs in the world," said the south American centre-back. "At Bayern, I will have the chance to play at the highest level and win titles. I am now 28 years old and would like to take this step in my career."

At Bayern, I will have the chance to play at the highest level and win titles.
Borussia Monchengladbach defender Dante

Gladbach have been Germany's success story of the season, having gone from the relegation play-off last term to the verge of a Champions League place and part of their success has come from Dante's assured play in defence.

"Borussia has tried everything to keep me and extend my contract," he said. "I have now been playing here for three-and-a-half years and experienced a wonderful time.

"I want to thank all the wonderful fans at the club, it hurts me to leave here, but these decisions happen in a footballer's career."

Dante joined Gladbach from Belgian team Standard Liege in 2009 and has scored eight goals in 91 appearances. He is the third key player who will leave Gladbach, with rising midfield star Marco Reus already signed for league champions Borussia Dortmund and Roman Neustaedter set to join Schalke.