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 By Mark Lovell

Felix Gotze signs professional contract with Bayern Munich until 2019

Bayern Munich gave Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso a fitting send-off with a comfortable win over Freiburg.

Bayern Munich have signed Felix Gotze, the younger brother of Mario Gotze, on a professional contract until 2019, the club have confirmed.

A former Dortmund youth player, Felix is the youngest of the Gotze brothers and was named in Bayern's squad for this season's Champions League group stage.

Central defender Felix, 19, impressed in preseason with Bayern, while 2014 World Cup-winning goal scorer Mario returned to Borussia Dortmund last summer after three largely disappointing seasons in Munich.

"I'm pleased to get a chance to turn professional at Bayern and will do everything to play my part in the team's continued success," Gotze told the club's official website.

Felix has progressed through the club's youth teams since 2014 and played in central defence for Bayern's under-19 side, which lost the German championship to Borussia Dortmund in a penalty shootout on Monday.

Carlo Ancelotti called Gotze up to the first team squad on occasion this season and he played in preseason too, including the win against Manchester City.

"We are very happy to tie another talented player like Felix Gotze to the club," said Hermann Gerland, head of the Bavarians' new academy, "FC Bayern Campus."

"He's already shown his potential training with the first team and recently in the U19 final."

In addition to Mario and Felix there is a third Gotze brother Fabian, a 26-year-old left-back, who is currently a free agent.

Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.

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