USMNT’s Chris Richards to move to Hoffenheim on loan after Bayern Munich turned down standing offers



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CBS Sports sources said US international defender Chris Richards is set to join Hoffenheim on loan from Bayern Munich. The 21-year-old will sign a new contract with the German champions as part of this move. He currently has a contract until 2023.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Richards was a regular at Hoffenheim on a previous loan in the second half of last season, playing 10 Bundesliga appearances before a hamstring problem excluded him from the last three games of the campaign. He is highly regarded at Bayern Munich and has been the subject of constant offers this summer, including from Premier League clubs. All such offers were rejected.

Bayern head coach Julian Nagelsmann made it clear that he was ready to leave Richards last week, and spoke favorably of the center-back, who has so far been on the team every game day this season, having played 45 minutes in DFB Pokal’s 12-0 win. beat Bremer and made a brief appearance in the Bundesliga, defeating Cologne.

“He did a good job in training and also made a serious impression in the cup,” Nagelsmann said last week. “One-on-one, he’s incredibly good.”

Had he stayed at Bayern, Richards would have faced Tanguy Nianzu, the fourth center-back behind Niklas Sule, Dayo Upamecano and Lucas Hernandez, for several minutes. Benjamin Pavar is also available to Nagelsmann and therefore it was decided that the young man would benefit from the constant minutes under Sebastian Hoeness.

United States head coach Gregg Berhalter removed Richards from the squad for the World Cup qualifiers against El Salvador, Canada and Honduras so he can focus on his future ahead of Germany’s transfer window closing at noon ET today.


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