Borussia Dortmund have completed the signing of Germany left-back Nico Schulz from Hoffenheim on a five-year deal.
Schulz becomes Dortmund’s first signing of the upcoming summer transfer window after news of Paco Alcacer’s loan switch from Barcelona being made permanent was announced in November 2018.
Who is Nico Schulz? Five key things to know…
- Schulz came through the Hertha BSC academy and made 98 appearances for the club.
- He then moved to Borussia Monchengladbach, playing just 18 times before joining Hoffenheim.
- After two impressive campaigns with Hoffenheim, Schulz has been snapped up by Dortmund.
- The 26-year-old made his senior international debut last year and has played for his country six times, scoring two goals.
- His only trophy win to date is the German second division championship with Hertha in 2010/11.
Dortmund announced the arrival of Schulz on Tuesday on the club’s official website.
The defender worked under current Dortmund manager Lucien Favre at Monchengladbach and has expressed his desire to play for a team that suits his style of play.
“Borussia Dortmund is a top club whose team plays football that simply suits me and my style, and I think I can help the team with my way of playing and we can achieve great things together,” Schulz said.
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Dortmund will “benefit greatly” from Schulz arrival – Zorc
Dortmund narrowly missed out on the Bundesliga title, despite leading eventual champions Bayern Munich by nine points at one stage of the season.
However, they will feel well-equipped to challenge for the title once again next term if they strengthen their squad in key areas.
Schulz is certainly a good start, and his signing has been praised by the club’s sporting director Michael Zorc.
“Nico Schulz is a defender who has made a significant leap as a player in recent years,” Zorc said.
“Just like the Germany national team has, we’ll benefit from his physicality, pace and dynamism. A player with fighting spirit and hunger for success is a boon for any team.”
No matter how many players they lose, Borussia Dortmund ALWAYS find a replacement that's pure 🔥.
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