July 6, 2022

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Reading defender Omar Richards ‘signs four-year deal at Bayern Munich on a pre-contract agreement’

Reading defender Omar Richards has signed a four-year deal with Bayern Munich via a pre-contract agreement, according to reports.

The 23-year-old is one of the most highly-rated youngsters in the Championship this season having impressed for the Royals in both a defence and a wide-midfield role.

Richards’ performances have been crucial in Reading’s Premier League promotion bid with the Berkshire side lying fifth in the table with 13 games left to play.

Reading defender Omar Richards has signed a four-year deal with Bayern Munich, say reports

Reading defender Omar Richards has signed a four-year deal with Bayern Munich, say reports

Reading defender Omar Richards has signed a four-year deal with Bayern Munich, say reports

The 23-year-old defender's (left) contract expires in June and will be able to move for free

The 23-year-old defender's (left) contract expires in June and will be able to move for free

The 23-year-old defender’s (left) contract expires in June and will be able to move for free

But according to Sky Sports Germany, Richards will play his football in the Bundesliga next season having completed a medical for the German and European champions in the UK.

The report claims Richards was in negotiations with Bayern for over three months with his Reading deal expiring in June – but both sides finally reached an agreement to pen the four-year deal.

Sportsmail revealed that talks between the two parties began at the start of January, when Richards was able to speak to other clubs within six months of the expiration date of his contract. 

Richards (right) has reportedly completed a Bayern medical in the UK recently

Richards (right) has reportedly completed a Bayern medical in the UK recently

Richards (right) has reportedly completed a Bayern medical in the UK recently

The Royals will be entitled to training compensation when his Reading contract comes to an end.  

Richards will challenge Alphonso Davies for a spot on the left-side of the Bayern defence after the Canadian international made the position his own last season.

The 20-year-old played 43 times in Bayern’s treble-winning season last term and was named in the UEFA, FIFA and Champions League Team of the Seasons. 

Richards will challenge Bayern left-backs Lucas Hernandez (left) and Alphonso Davies (right)

Richards will challenge Bayern left-backs Lucas Hernandez (left) and Alphonso Davies (right)

Richards will challenge Bayern left-backs Lucas Hernandez (left) and Alphonso Davies (right)

Lucas Hernandez is the other senior left-back option at the club, with the 25-year-old Frenchman featuring 26 times for Bayern so far this season. 

Richards made his Reading debut on the opening day of the 2017-18 season and has been a Royals regular ever since.

The 23-year-old has made 92 appearances in all competitions for the Championship side including 30 this season.