Football: Bayern Munich welcome back Germany striker Sandro Wagner

Hoffenheim's midfielder Sandro Wagner taking a shot at Cologne's goalkeeper Timo Horn during their German Bundesliga football match on Nov 5, 2017.
Hoffenheim's midfielder Sandro Wagner taking a shot at Cologne's goalkeeper Timo Horn during their German Bundesliga football match on Nov 5, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Bayern Munich have re-signed striker Sandro Wagner from Bundesliga rivals Hoffenheim on a contract that will run until June 2020, the German football champions said on Thursday.

Wagner progressed through the youth system at Bayern and made his senior debut in 2007, featuring in eight games that season before leaving the Allianz Arena in 2008. He played for several German sides before moving to Hoffenheim last year.

"I'm delighted. A long journey for me is now at an end and I can return to my home, my club. I'm very happy that it's come off. Bayern are the best club in Germany and one of the best in the world," Wagner told the club's website (fcbayern.com).

The 30-year-old has seven caps for Germany and was part of the side that won the Confederations Cup earlier this year.

Wagner has previously played for German top-flight sides Werder Bremen and Hertha Berlin, along with second-tier Duisburg, Kaiserslautern and Darmstadt.

"In Sandro Wagner we have another Germany international coming to Bayern. We're convinced that Sandro will enhance our squad with his class and his experience," Bayern's sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said.

Bayern have opened an 11-point lead atop the Bundesliga table and will travel to face Bayer Leverkusen on Jan 12 following the conclusion of the winter break.