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New Bayern signing Tolisso plays like Toni Kroos, says Papin

15:29 IST 17/06/2017
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The midfielder completed a €41.5 million transfer to the Bavarian side on Wednesday and the former Bayern star says he will add a lot to the team

Bayern Munich's new signing Corentin Tolisso will prove to be a shrewd signing, according to former striker Jean-Pierre Papin, who likened him to Toni Kroos.

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Tolisso signed a five-year deal with the Bundesliga champions on Wednesday to complete his €41.5 million transfer from Lyon, having risen through the youth system before spending four seasons in the first-team. 

Papin is full of praise for Tolisso and has backed the 22-year-old to make an instant impact at the Allianz Arena, comparing him to one of their former stars.

"Tolisso is a bit like Kroos when it comes to his style of play," Papin - who represented Bayern between 1994 and 1996 - told Bild.

"He can defend, he can attack and he can play a strong role in midfield. Plus he has great technique, is dangerous in front of goal and can create something. 

"It is important for him to understand Bayern's philosophy and listen to the older players around him.

"And it is important to learn the language. It is great to hear how well someone like Franck Ribery speaks German."

Tolisso played 160 games for Lyon, scoring 29 goals with 14 coming in the last season. He made his international debut for France against Spain in March.