Nico Schlotterbeck moves to Borussia Dortmund. The 22-year-old receives a five-year contract.

First Niklas Süle, now Nico Schlotterbeck: Borussia Dortmund has caught the next German national football player. The 22-year-old changes from league competitor SC Freiburg to BVB in summer and receives a five-year contract until 2027. With Süle, Schlotterbeck is said to give significantly more stability to the susceptible Dortmund defensive. In view of the new central defender duo, veteran Mats Hummels (33) often threatens a place on the bench.

“Nico has a huge potential. He has by no means selected the economically best offer among many interested clubs, but deliberately chosen the BVB to develop here in sport,” said the future BVB sports director Sebastian Kehl, who was also from 20 years ago Freiburg has switched to the Ruhr area: “I hope that Dortmund will become a new home for me at the time.”

Due to his strong appearances at the SC, Schlotterbeck had sparked the interest of some top clubs. The German record champion Bayern Munich is said to have had him on the note. “We are very pleased that we were able to convince Nico from our way and that he has given a clear commitment to Borussia Dortmund with his signature under a long -term contract,” said Kehl.

Zorc praises Schlotterbeck: “Fits perfectly with BVB”

Nico Schlotterbeck - Welcome to Borussia Dortmund!
Before the new adventure begins for Schlotterbeck in summer, he wants to crown his way in Freiburg with the qualification for the Champions League and the DFB Cup victory. “It is important to me to fully focus on the outstanding three games with the SC Freiburg, which we will hopefully play successfully to be able to concentrate. After that, I look forward to the new tasks with the BVB,” said Schlotterbeck after passing the medical check on Monday.

Süle (26) changes free of charge from Bayern to BVB in summer and also signed a long -term contract. Both clubs did not provide any information about the modalities on the transfer of Schlotterbeck. Most recently, however, a transfer fee of around 20 million euros was under discussion.

Marco Rose is happy about the reinforcements. After the bankruptcy in the small district derby against VfL Bochum (3: 4), the BVB coach had sued the defensive behavior of his team. “When I look at the table and see 50 goals, it is clear what the core topic is,” said Rose.

That should change with Süle and Schlotterbeck. “Nico Schlotterbeck is a young German national player who took a great development. His profile fits BVB perfectly,” said outgoing sports director Michael Zorc.

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