Diego Benaglio has bid Wolfsburg and the Bundesliga Auf Wiedersehen by joining French champions AS Monaco on a three-year contract.

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The Swiss custodian, veteran of 259 Bundesliga appearances and a 2009 Bundesliga champion, is planning to end his playing days in the Principality, but his goodbye is only expected to be temporary.

"As much as I am looking forward to writing a new chapter in my career now, this departure was extremely hard for me," Benaglio said. "Wolfsburg have become a second home for my family and me and I am already looking forward to coming back here. Wolfsburg are and remain an amazing club, and my club. I will be eternally grateful to this club, their fans and the whole region."

Benaglio will get to play UEFA Champions League football again next season, and experience a new challenge in Ligue 1. However, once he pins his gloves to the wall, Wolfsburg have assured him that the doors will remain open for him to return to the Volkswagen Arena.

Benaglio celebrated one Bundesliga title as well as DFB Cup and DFL Supercup triumphs with the Wolves. © gettyimages / Deniz Calagan

"He has been part of this club's development down the years as a key player and Diego has earned the right to decide whether he wanted to continue his career here or seek a new challenge," said Wolfsburg's sporting director Olaf Rebbe. "Diego is a model professional and we are all delighted for him that he is going to play at the highest level in Ligue 1 and in the Champions League.

"We are even more delighted, though, that we have reached a fundamental agreement with Diego that when he ends his career, he will assume a new role at Wolfsburg and, thus, remain a part of this club in future."

In addition to winning the Bundesliga in 2009, the 33-year-old goalkeeper also got his safe hands on the DFB Cup and DFL Supercup in 2015. In both 2009 and 2013, he was elected Switzerland's player of the year, while he took part in two World Cups and one European Championship for his country, for whom he was capped 61 times.

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