Marcel Sabitzer has been unveiled as a Borussia Dortmund player after clinching a move from Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich.
The Austrian midfielder spent the second half of last season on loan at Manchester United, signed as an emergency replacement for Christian Eriksen, who had suffered an injury.
There were positive moments for Marcel Sabitzer, including a FA Cup quarter-final winner and a brace against Sevilla, but in the end he did not do enough to warrant a permanent move to the club.
He was surplus to requirements at Bayern Munich, and a decision was made to cash in. The Mail report Dortmund have paid £16 million.
Kehl on Sabitzer
Borussia Dortmund sporting director Sebastien Kehl has commented on the move, and is delighted to bring Sabitzer to the club.
Kehl is quoted via Kicker: “Marcel is an experienced player who has been playing at the top international level for years.
“He corresponds exactly to the profile we were looking for: a central midfielder who will strengthen us both defensively and offensively as a box-to-box player.
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“Marcel is physically strong and also exudes a lot of goal threat. We are convinced that his personality will also become an important pillar of the team and help us to become even more effective, especially in hard-fought games.”
New teammate Julian Brandt also commented on the acquisition, telling Sport1: “What he has achieved in recent years speaks for itself. I welcome him with open arms because I believe he is an added value for us. I also believe that he will harmonize well.”
Sabitzer in the USA
Sabitzer has already landed in the USA, where Borussia Dortmund are currently on their pre-season tour, report BILD.
He could be set to feature against Manchester United when the two teams face off in Las Vegas on July 31.
That will be the final game of United’s tour, following the upcoming match against Real Madrid.
United are widely reported to be looking at a different midfielder to Sabitzer this summer, having already acquired Mason Mount.
Sofyan Amrabat has agreed personal terms over a move from Fiorentina, reports Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla.