Official: Julian Brandt signs for Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund have announced the capture of Julian Brandt from Bayer Leverkusen on a five-year contract.

23-year-old Brandt is regarded as one of the most promising young German midfielders on the scene. In fact, he’s pace and effortless first touch have proved to be a useful asset for Leverkusen.

Under new coach Peter Bosz, the Germany international excelled in a more central midfield role and played a big role in Leverkusen’s surge up to a fourth-place finish in the Bundesliga this season.

Brandt managed seven goals and 11 assists in his 20 appearances under Bosz’s guidance.

But it appears the prospect of continuing with the former Ajax coach wasn’t enough to convince Brandt to remain at the BayArena.

Instead, he will link up with German rivals Dortmund for next season.

“I’m a person for whom gut instinct and having a good feeling is important when it comes to decisions,” Brandt told the club’s website.

“When it comes to Borussia Dortmund, I have a very good feeling. I would like to continue my personal development, that’s one of the main reasons for my transfer.

“BVB came extremely close to winning the title last season. So there’s room for improvement.

“I have high hopes with the lads, I’m very motivated and optimistic – not just when it comes to my development as an individual, but the development of the entire team too.”

BVB sporting director Michael Zorc added: “Although Julian Brandt has already been playing in the Bundesliga for some time and has lots of experience at both national and international level, at 23 years of age he’s still a young player with lots of potential for development.

“He can be deployed in several attacking positions and will enhance our game with his creativity.”

On Wednesday morning, Dortmund also finally confirmed the signing of Thorgan Hazard from Borussia Monchengladbach.

MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY – MAY 18: Manuel Akanji of Borussia Dortmund battles for possession with Thorgan Hazard of Borussia Monchengladbach during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund at Borussia-Park on May 18, 2019 in Moenchengladbach, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images)


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