Martinez wants titles with Bayern
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Spain midfielder Javier Martinez said he has signed for Bayern Munich to win titles as he looks forward to making his UEFA Champions League debut with the Bavarians.

The 23-year-old put his signature to a five-year contract with Bayern on Wednesday and his transfer from Athletic Bilbao is reported to have cost Munich €40m, setting a new Bundesliga record.

"I am simply delighted to finally be here," Martinez told German newspaper Bild on Thursday having only played Europa League football with Bilbao. I will start training with the club immediately."

Martinez flew to Munich on Tuesday night, passed the obligatory medical examination in the early hours of Wednesday, flew back to Spain to absolve his Bilbao contract and then returned to Germany at 7:58 pm local time Wednesday.

"This is one of the best teams in the whole world, at least one of the top two or three," he added. "It is a huge honour for me to be a part of this club."

It used to be that you only paid so much money for a striker.
Franz Beckenbauer, former Bayern president

Brief appearances off the bench at South Africa 2010 and Euro 2012 mean Martinez already has World Cup and European Championships winners medals, despite having made only a handful appearances for Spain.

But national coach Vicente del Bosque has said Martinez is 'part of our future' and insists the defensive midfielder is in his plans.

Former Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer said he was excited about seeing Martinez play for Munich with the club set to discover their Champions League group stage opponents in Thursday's draw in Monaco, France.

"I am very curious about this purchase," the 66-year-old told Bild. "It used to be that you only paid so much money for a striker, while defensive players were brought up from the youth system. Times have changed. "

Beckenbauer said he had no problem with Bayern paying out such a large sum for Martinez, who joined Bilbao in 2006 as a 17-year-old.

"Why would you leave the money on the fixed deposit account, since you hardly get any interest for it anyway?"

Bayern have already strengthened their squad this season with midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri arriving from FC Basel, striker Mario Mandzukic from Wolfsburg and Brazilian defender Dante from Moenchengladbach.