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Joshua Kimmich is a German professional footballer whose career began with VfB Stuttgart and RB Leipzig before becoming part of Bundesliga colossus Bayern Munich. The 25-year-old is most often deployed as a defensive midfielder but can fill up the role of a right or a left-back. Kimmich was one of the first footballers to grow to prominence under the newly-founded RB Leipzig, playing for the team while it was on its way to the Bundesliga. Five-time German champion, with a total combined of 12 domestic trophies and furthermore winning the Champions League, at just 25 years of age, Joshua Kimmich has amassed a pretty extensive trophy collection.
Joshua Kimmich’s Transfer History
- 2013: VfB Stuttgart to RB Leipzig – £450,000
- 2015: RB Leipzig to Bayern Munich – £7,7 Million
Kimmich joined VfB Stuttgart in 2007 at the age of 12 from VfB Bösingen – a much smaller side that gave life to his dream of becoming a footballer. He spent six years with Stuttgart but was unable to break into the first team. In search of playtime, he agreed to a move to the rising star on the horizon – RB Leipzig. Signing for them in 2013, he was given his debut the same year and sooner managed to score his first professional goal. At the time, Die Roten Bullen was a club just four years of age and were still playing in the 3. Liga. By the time of his departure, Kimmich had contributed to his club's promotion to the 2. Bundesliga and had made over 50 appearances across the two seasons.
In 2015 Bayern Munich did what Bayern frequently does – disarm their opponents after acquiring their most promising players. Here the Bavarians beat the transfer odds because, at the time, they still didn't know about how competitive Leipzig would've become in just a couple of years. Anyways, a nearly £8 Million deal for a 2. Bundesliga 20-year-old isn't something that is often seen, but such players are scarce. Pep Guardiola was the main man responsible for Kimmich's arrival at the Allianz Arena, and he would also play an essential role in the future transfer news surrounding the player.
In Bayern Munich was where Kimmich really developed himself, becoming a world-class footballer and getting first National team starts. Versatile, consistent, and young, he soon was the main transfer target of several clubs from all over Europe. Fast forward to 2017, Guardiola has completed his move to England, becoming Manchester City's manager, and was keen on reuniting with Kimmich. The former Bayern coach was surrounded by rumors that he wants to bring the youngster to Etihad. However, he faced fierce competition in the face of local rivals Manchester United. Mourinho, who was the Red Devils' then-coach, was also fascinated by Kimmich, which meant that the world of football whispers would suggest that Kimmich would soon be on his way to Manchester. It seems as though none of the gossips turned out to be true. The German International didn't care about the transfer rumors and remained loyal to Bayern. It will probably take a few more years before he ever considers an Allianz Arena exit