Sandhausen sign ex-Bayern and Düsseldorf defender Diego Contento

SV Sandhausen have moved quickly to replace Leart Paqarada, with Diego Contento signing on a free transfer.

The left-back joins having been released by relegated Fortuna Düsseldorf having made just one apperance since joining them in 2018, largely due to injury.

He had joined Fortuna from Girondins Bordeaux after a four-year spell in France, and was previously with Bayern Munich, where he had struggled to dislodge the then-rising star of David Alaba.

Sandhausen have described him as a Champions League winner as he was at Bayern when they won the competition in 2013, but he only played in one group stage match and wasn’t part of the squad against Borussia Dortmund in the final at Wembley.

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Director of football Mikayil Kabaca hailed the signing, say he was “happy and also a little proud” to sign “an experienced and successful player.” Coach Uwe Koschinat meanwhile believes he can be as successful as Dennis Diekmeier, whose vast experience has helped the club immensely since joining two years ago.

The former German U20 international said he was “very happy” to join the club and says he has already “felt at home” there. “I am looking forward to playing football again,” he added, “and believe that this is the right place to get back to my level.”

He is the club’s second summer signing, following the arrival of centre-back Nils Röseler.

Header image source: SV Sandhausen.

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