Nürnberg confirm Leipzig youngster as first summer signing

1. FC Nürnberg have completed the loan signing of Tom Krauß from RB Leipzig, their first new face of the summer.

According to the Bundesliga club, he will stay in Franconia for the next two seasons, having made his debut for Julian Nagelsmann’s side at the back end of last season.

He should be well known to new Nürnberg coach Robert Klauß – to whom he is not related – as he had previously worked in the youth set up of the Rasenballsport club. He has played in the UEFA Youth Leauge and represented Germany up to under-19 level.

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Although a defensive midfielder, he had an impressive scoring record for Leipzig’s under-19 side, with 17 goals in 45 appearances, including three in 12 in the truncated campaign last season.

Nevertheless, the club signed him for his defensive flexibility, with head of sport Dieter Hecking saying he can play in a back three as well as in front of the defence. “We are pleased that he was enthusiastic about the club,” added Hecking.

“I am happy to be in Nuremburg,” says the 19-year-old himself. “I didn’t have to think about accepting such a large and traditional club,” he continued. “My goal is to develop myself further and play a carefree season with the club.”

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