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Bayern Munich sign defensive midfielder Rode

Rode will has signed a four year deal with the Bundesliga champions. Credit: PA

Bayern Munich have announced the signing of defensive midfielder Sebastian Rode from Bundesliga rivals Eintracht Frankfurt.

The 23-year-old has signed a four-year contract with the Bundesliga champions and arrives on a free transfer once his current deal with Frankfurt expires at the end of June.

"I'm delighted that this transfer has worked out," Rode told www.fcbayern.de.

"Bayern is the next big step for me and I want to improve here and win plenty of titles with my future team-mates."

Guardiola wary of Bayern blip

Coach Pep Guardiola suggested his heavy rotation policy could have been to blame as Bayern Munich suffered back-to-back league defeats for the first time since November 2011.

A 3-0 loss at home to Borussia Dortmund will not affect the destiny of the Bundesliga title, which has already been wrapped up by Bayern, but it did show that the Bavarians are fallible after a 53-game unbeaten streak was ended by Augsburg a week ago.

It happened to me in Barcelona too that, after we had clinched the league title, we really struggled to raise our game again.

The aim as coach now is to build the team up again. Maybe I made a mistake.

Maybe it was a mistake not just to carry on as we were, but I don't want to make rotation out to be an excuse.

– Pep Guardiola speaking to Sky Sports

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