Serge Gnabry Joins Hoffenheim on 1-Year Loan Deal from Bayern Munich

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJuly 14, 2017

AUGSBURG, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 05: Serge Gnabry of Bremen gestures during the Bundesliga match between FC Augsburg and Werder Bremen at WWK Arena on February 5, 2017 in Augsburg, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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Bayern Munich have confirmed summer signing Serge Gnabry will spend the 2017-18 season on loan at TSG Hoffenheim following his move from Werder Bremen.

The former Arsenal winger moved to the Allianz Arena in June and signed a three-year contract with Die Roten but will spend the first year of his deal at the Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena, per Bayern's official Twitter account:

FC Bayern English @FCBayernEN

OFFICIAL: @SergeGnabry will move to @achtzehn99_en on loan in a one-year deal. https://t.co/irCjnmwytm

Gnabry scored 11 goals in 27 Bundesliga appearances for Werder last season and will be looking to help Hoffenheim push on from their surprise fourth-placed finish.

Gnabry is gradually rebuilding his reputation in Germany after struggling to come upon first-team chances during his five-year stay at Arsenal, and Squawka noted how the winger even prefers playing in new territory:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Serge Gnabry scored 11 goals in the 2016/17 Bundesliga season; 10 of those goals came away from home. Loves life on the road. 🚗 https://t.co/EG4MfJ26Y1

Bayern will hope to see even greater levels of production from their player while stationed under Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann, 29, who has grabbed attention as a rising managerial force in the Bundesliga.

News of Gnabry's temporary departure came days after Bayern confirmed the capture of James Rodriguez on a two-year loan deal from Real Madrid.

While the Colombia international arrived largely as a replacement for Douglas Costa, who joined Juventus on Wednesday, his addition would have made it more difficult for Gnabry to find a place in the squad.

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However, the Mirror's Alex Richards highlighted how a move to Hoffenheim only came after a permanent transfer to the Allianz Arena was completed:

Alex Richards @AA_Richards

So, Serge Gnabry joins Hoffenheim on loan for 2017/18, despite turning down a permanent move en route to joining Bayern earlier this summer.

Gnabry showed glimpses of his brilliance at the Rio 2016 Olympics for Germany and began a successful Bundesliga career last season, but Bayern will want to see the 22-year-old take the next step in his evolution at Hoffenheim.


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