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Third club legend confirmed to leave Bayern Munich

Rafinha will join Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery in departing.

Rafinha helped Bayern win six successive Bundesliga titles.
Rafinha helped Bayern win six successive Bundesliga titles.

BAYERN MUNICH full-back Rafinha has confirmed that he will leave the Bundesliga giants at the end of the season.

Speaking at a press conference, the 33-year-old admitted that his time with the Bavarians was coming to an end when his contract expires in June.

He joins wing duo Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery in bidding farewell to the Allianz Arena as Bayern begin a period of rebuilding.

Having joined from Genoa in 2011, the Brazil international has gone onto make 266 appearances for Bayern, scoring six goals.

He has helped the club win six successive Bundesliga championships as well as contributing to three DFB-Pokal successes and the Champions League title in 2013 as Jupp Heynckes’ side claimed the treble.

“The eight years have been wonderful, I’ve had some great moments here,” he said as his departure was announced. ”The treble in 2013 was special. All things come to an end eventually.

We are together every day and know each other so well — we are a family. The friendship we all have if the greatest thing.”

Rafinha will hope he can help contribute to winning two further trophies in his final weeks with the club as Niko Kovac looks to end a difficult first campaign in charge with victories in both the Bundesliga and the Pokal.

A win over Eintracht Frankfurt on the final day of the league season will secure a seventh straight domestic title, though a defeat could allow long-time leaders Borussia Dortmund to claw back to the summit with a win of their own over Borussia Monchengladbach.

Bayern then face RB Leipzig on 25 May in the Pokal final, with Kovac looking to defend the trophy he won with Eintracht last season.

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