Nico Schulz (r.) will be playing under, rather than against, Dortmund captain Marco Reus (l.) from next season. - © imago/Sportnah
Nico Schulz (r.) will be playing under, rather than against, Dortmund captain Marco Reus (l.) from next season. - © imago/Sportnah
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Borussia Dortmund sign Germany left-back Nico Schulz from Hoffenheim

Borussia Dortmund have signed Germany left-back Nico Schulz from Bundesliga rivals Hoffenheim.

The 26-year-old, who made 71 appearances for Hoffenheim and became a full Germany international during his time at the club, has penned a five-year deal through to 30 June 2024.

"I know exactly what I owe to TSG, the people at the club, the training staff, the fans and my teammates," Schulz said.

"Dortmund is a top club, whose style of football suits me really well. I think I can help the team. Together we can achieve something big."

Nico Schulz is Germany coach Joachim Löw's first choice at left-back these days. - imago

Dortmund will be Schulz's fourth Bundesliga station after hometown club Hertha Berlin (2010-2015), Borussia Mönchengladbach (2015-2017) and Hoffenheim. He has made 122 Bundesliga appearances since making his professional debut with Hertha in August 2010, registering four goals and 14 assists, and is widely regarded as one of the best left-sided defenders in the division.

A former Germany youth international, Schulz earned his first of six senior international caps on 9 September 2018, scoring a debut goal in a friendly win against Peru. He also netted the winner in Die Mannschaft's opening UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying victory over the Netherlands on 24 March 2019.

"Nico Schulz is a defender who has made a significant leap as a player in recent years," said Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc. "Just like the Germany national team has, we'll benefit from his physicality, pace and dynamism. A player with fighting spirit and hunger for success is a boon for any team."