USMNT defender Chris Richards has returned to Hoffenheim on loan from Bayern Munich, but not before penning a new four-year contract extension with the record champions.
Richards - who joined Bayern from FC Dallas in 2019 - spent the second half of last season on loan at Hoffenheim, playing 11 Bundesliga games as the Sinsheimers finished 11th, seven points away from the European places but also 10 clear of relegation trouble.
"Chris really helped us during the second half of last season," said Hoffenheim sporting director Alexander Rosen. "He's strong in the tackle and quick and didn't have any teethng troubles. He's an important and valuable option at the back."
Richards, who won the 3.Liga title under Hoeneß with Bayern's reserves in 2020, could make his second debut with Hoffenheim on Matchday 4 when they welcome Mainz to the PreZero Arena.
The Bayern-owned defender has made 16 Bundesliga appearances all told, and won his first of three USMNT caps to date towards the end of 2020.
His new Bayern deal runs until 30 June 2025.
Watch: Richards took great strides with Hoffenheim last season
"We're very happy with how Chris Richards has developed with us, which is why we've extended his contract," commented Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.
"Chris is a young player who will now gain further Bundesliga experience at Hoffenheim, which is exactly what he needs."