Germany World Cup winner Matthias Ginter has been signed by Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund on a five-year contract from SC Freiburg.
The 20-year-old centre-back's move was confirmed by Dortmund's official Twitter feed on Thursday:
BVB have confirmed the signing of Matthias Ginter (20) from SC Freiburg. He signs until 2019 and will wear number 28. pic.twitter.com/RDMflp0w5Z— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) July 17, 2014
He started every game for Freiburg as they finished 14th in the Bundesliga last season and Squawka provides his impressive stats for the term highlighting his ability in the air:
Matthias Ginter won 114 aerial duels, made 65 interceptions & 141 clearances in the Bundesliga last season. pic.twitter.com/00zv0Av2ah— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 17, 2014
Tom Adams on Eurosport reports the transfer fee at a reported £8 million (€10 million) while also relaying Ginter's assertions that the move is a dream come true for him:
For me, today is a childhood dream come true. I was always a great BVB fan and will now wear the jersey of my favourite team. At Dortmund, I would like to take the next step in my sporting development. I am already looking forward to the incredible atmosphere at Signal Iduna Park and then be part of this wonderful team.
The youngest player in Joachim Low's 23-man squad that beat Argentina 1-0 in extra time to win the 2014 World Cup on Sunday, Ginter did not actually play any part in the competition.
However, he looks set to become a future star at both club and international level and joins Neven Subotiv, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and compatriot Mats Hummels as Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp's centre-back options.
Indeed, the Mirror's Alex Richards speculates that Ginter's arrival may pave the way for Hummels' exit after much speculation concerning a potential move to Manchester United, per the Express' Anthony Chapman:
Borussia Dortmund complete Matthias Ginter signing. He, Subotic, Sokratis....paving the way for Mats Hummels departure? #BVB— Alex Richards (@AA_Richards) July 17, 2014
Chapman reports Hummels to be the potential subject of £20 million bids from both United and Barcelona, and his exit would likely guarantee Ginter more regular first-team football.
At such a young age, Klopp is unlikely to give him the number of starting berths he was accustomed to at Freiburg but he has shown he can handle such a task after impressing in 2013-14.
He is undoubtedly a star in the making and Dortmund look to have done very well in snapping him up as he could become a stalwart of their defensive unit for years to come.