National player Nico Schlottbeck is transferred to Borussia Dortmund. The 22-year-old has signed a five-year contract.
First Niklas Süle, now Nico Schlotterbeck: Borussia Dortmund have nabbed the next German national footballer. The 22-year-old moved from league rivals SC Freiburg to BVB in the summer and was handed a five-year contract until 2027. With Süle, Schlotterbeck should give Dortmund’s vulnerable defense much more stability. Given the new duo of central defenders, veteran Mats Hummels (33) is often threatened with a place on the bench.
“Nico has enormous potential. He didn’t choose the best economic offer from the many interested clubs, but deliberately chose BVB in order to develop himself further in the sport here,” said future BVB sporting director Sebastian. Kehl, also left 20 years ago. Freiburg moved to the Ruhr area: “I hope Dortmund will be as much a new home for him as it was for me.”
Schlotterbeck had attracted the interest of some big clubs with his good performance at SC. German record champion Bayern Munich would have had him on the slide. “We are very happy that we were able to convince Nico of our path and that he made a clear commitment to Borussia Dortmund by signing a long-term contract,” Kehl said.
Zorc praises Schlotterbeck: ‘Perfectly suitable for BVB’
Before Schlotterbeck’s new adventure begins this summer, he wants to crown his Freiburg career by qualifying for the Champions League and winning the DFB Cup. “It is important for me to be able to concentrate fully on the remaining three games with SC Freiburg, which we hope to play successfully in the final stretch of the season. After that, I am looking forward to the new tasks with the BVB.” Schlotterbeck said after passing the medical on Monday.
Süle (26) moved from Bayern to BVB on a free transfer this summer and has also signed a long-term contract. The two clubs have not provided any information on the terms of Schlotterbeck’s transfer. More recently, however, a transfer fee of around €20m was under discussion.
Marco Rose is happy with the reinforcements. After the bankruptcy in the small district derby against VfL Bochum (3-4), the BVB coach complained about the defensive behavior of his team. “When I look at the table and see 50 goals conceded, it’s clear what the main problem is,” Rose said.
This should change with Süle and Schlotterbeck. “Nico Schlotterbeck is a young German international who has improved a lot. His profile fits perfectly at BVB,” said outgoing sporting director Michael Zorc.
The two newcomers specify that central defenders Manuel Akanji and Dan-Axel Zagadou will have no future in Dortmund.