Sagnol commits to Bayern
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French international defender Willy Sagnol has ended speculation of his departure from Bayern Munich by pledging his future to the German giants.

The 30-year-old, who has won 53 caps for his country, has made just one league appearance from the bench this season after recovering from a knee injury last April.

The Frenchman made his disgruntled feelings known last week, but after a clear-the-air meeting with coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, Sagnol will stay with Bayern and honour his contract set to expire in 2010.

"There were two different opinions over my return," said Sagnol over his dispute with Hitzfeld over his return to action after making a late appearance in the 6-0 UEFA Cup home win over Aris on Wednesday night.

"I had expected some more game time, but we have reached an agreement now over the matter and that wasn't my last game for the club."

After Luca Toni scored four goals on Wednesday night to book Bayern's place in the last 32 of the UEFA Cup, Hitzfeld said he was pleased Sagnol would commit.

"It did not play, because he was not fit," said Hitzfeld, who had given the Frenchman a full 90 minutes in Bayern's reserve team.

"I am pleased he is staying," said Hitzfeld. "If he has the necessary fitness, I will be happy to play him, he is an important player for our team."