Simon Lorenz swaps Bochum for Kiel

Holstein Kiel have announced the signing of VfL Bochum defender Simon Lorenz on a free transfer.

The 23-year-old has made 16 appearances for Bochum in the 2. Bundesliga this season, following a spell last year on loan with 1860 Munich, but has hardly played since the winter break, with the pairing of Vasilios Lampropoulos and Maxim Leitsch a big reason for the club recent resurgence.

Sporting director Uwe Stöver calls Lorenz a “a very complete central defender” and says the club are “convinced that he can take the next step” at the Fjord, also citing his development as part of Hoffenheim’s academy.

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Lorenz said he “had very good discussions” with the club’s management, and added that “the positive development of the club and the offensive football that is played here have convinced me to take my next career step here.”

Before moving to the Holstein-Stadion, his current club have one more match against Hannover 96 to fulfil on Sunday, with his contract at Kiel officially starting next Wednesday.

Lorenz is the club’s second signing of the summer, following the capture of Ahmet Arslan last week.

Banner image source: Holstein Kiel.

Published by jamesrees1989

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