Altintop to join Bayern

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Schalke midfielder Hamit Altintop has confirmed that he will join Bayern Munich in the summer.

The 24-year-old Turkish international rejected a contract extension with the Royal Blues to move to the Allianz Arena, where he has accepted a three-year deal.

"The move to Munich will provide me with the stepping stone to the next stage of my career," Altintop told Sport Bild.

"Whether we're talking about speed, shooting skills or strength in the tackle - I know that I've got what it takes to succeed at the highest level. I want to become a leading player at Bayern."

Altintop added that one of the main reasons for his decision to leave Schalke was his lack of playing time under coach Mirko Slomka this season.

"I wasn't able to get regular football even though I always performed well," he added.

"In my first season I played a total of 30 games and was only brought on as a substitute three times. This season things have been quite different."

Altintop looks set to slot into the right hand side of midfield at Bayern to fill a gap left by Sebastian Deisler (retirement) and Hasan Salihamidzic, who is joining Juventus at the end of the season.