Freiburg - Following the departure of first-choice goalkeeper , SC Freiburg have snapped up Grasshopper Club No 1 Roman Bürki in a bid to fill the vacant position.

The 23-year-old, who has made a combined 111 appearances in the Swiss Super League for both the Zurich-based side and BSC Young Boys, will be hoping to step up in place of his Hoffenheim-bound predecessor.

'Really looking forward'


Despite his relatively young age, Bürki has already featured in the UEFA Europa League as well as in a UEFA Champions League qualifier last season. Furthermore, the shot-stopper has been nominated for Switzerland's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad ahead of the South American spectacle this summer. “We've had him in our sights for a while and we're very happy that the deal went through,” said sporting director Jochen Saier. “Roman meets all our requirements and has already gathered experience in the Super League, in Europe and for the Swiss U21 national team."

Bürki, himself, is looking forward to continuing his development as a professional footballer and the Breisgau-based club's youthful set-up could provide the perfect surroundings for him to do just that. “I am really looking forward to playing in the Bundesliga and Freiburg has a very good name in Switzerland due to Gelson Fernandes and Admir Mehmedi,” said the youngster. “It is another important step in my career and I am really looking forward to my time in Freiburg."