Dortmund midfielder Blaszczykowski joins Wolfsburg

Berlin, Aug 1 (IANS) Wolfsburg have signed Polish midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski from Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund for three years, both the German football clubs confirmed on Monday.

The 30-year-old strengthens the “Wolves” offence after German Andre Schurrle left for Dortmund last week. The contract keeps Blaszczykowski in Wolfsburg until June 2019, reports Xinhua.

“We clearly increased our versatility and effectiveness on the right wing with this signing,” Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking told the club’s official homepage. “Jakub has a vast experience and is a tremendous asset for us.”

Blaszczykowski played since 2007 for Borussia Dortmund where he scored 27 goals in 197 appearances ever since. He won with Dortmund the Bundesliga title in 2011 and the German domestic double in 2012.

However, after the departure of coach Juergen Klopp and the arrival of Thomas Tuchel, the Poland international was loaned to Italian outfit ACF Fiorentina on August 2015. During the season-long loan deal, the midfielder scored two goals in 15 games.

Wolfsburg’s sixth summer transfer is since 2006 part of Poland’s national squad, where he made 84 caps to provide 18 goals, and will join his new teammates in the trainings camp soon.

Dortmund and Wolfsburg agreed to keep silence over the transfer fee.

Hecking’s men face Augsburg for the first round in German Bundesliga on August 27.

–IANS

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