RB Leipzig have completed the signing of Lazar Samardzic from Hertha Berlin, the Germany U19 attacking midfielder signing a five-year contract at the Red Bull Arena.
Samardzic has been in high demand after posting impressive numbers at youth level. The 18-year-old scored 14 goals and assisted nine more for Hertha's U19s last season, and Leipzig are delighted to have got their man.
"Lazar Samardzic is one of the greatest German talents," beamed sporting director Markus Krösche. "Although he attracted international interest, we managed to convince him of his pathway at RB Leipzig. We trust Lazar to take the next step with us."
Samardzic, who won the bronze award of the Fritz Walter Medal at U17 level in 2019, could feature for his new club as soon as Saturday, with Leipzig kicking off their DFB Cup campaign at Nürnberg.
"RB Leipzig is a great place for young, hungry players," said Samardzic. "The team's been playing attractive, attacking football for years and is therefore a perfect match for me. I'm looking forward to meeting the team and hope we can celebrate many successes together in the future!"