Bayern Munich youngster Julian Green has agreed to a year-long loan move to fellow Bundesliga outfit Hamburg.
Champions Bayern confirmed the news on Monday:
Archie Rhind-Tutt tweeted this after Bild initially reported the news:
The 19-year-old was one of the stars of the USA's World Cup campaign in Brazil, hitting a dramatic volley against Belgium in the last 16 minutes. And despite seeing action during Bayern's pre-season tour of the U.S., Pep Guardiola has sent the youngster out to gain first-team experience in Germany's top division.
Even that will be a significant improvement in quality for Green, who turned out for Bayern's second-string side in the German fourth division last year. But it was a productive year for the youngster, who notched 15 goals in his 23 appearances, as per Transfermarkt.co.uk.
The move by Guardiola to send Green out rather than cashing in on him will be seen as a sign of faith in the winger's ability.
Alex Chaffer had earlier tweeted this picture of Green in an open training session with his Bayern teammates:
Such faith is held particularly strongly by Jurgen Klinsmann, who overlooked seasoned veterans such as Landon Donovan to take Green to the World Cup this summer. And Green's showing in Brazil ensured he would receive a call-up from the USA national coach for the upcoming friendly against the Czech Republic in Prague.
The move to the Imtech Arena will be particularly key to Green's development, where he will stand a realistic chance of playing regular Bundesliga football alongside players of the stature of Rafael van der Vaart.
Grant Wahl thinks the loan is the right step for Green, as he tweeted:
The move will be a significant boost for Hamburg, who struggled last season, finishing 16th in the league and narrowly avoiding relegation. This season hasn't started brightly for die Rothosen either, having taken only one point from their opening two matches.