Cottbus - FC Energie Cottbus have announced the signing of 21-year-old midfielder Christian Bickel from Bundesliga side SC Freiburg.

The former Germany Under-20 international joins the Bundesliga 2 club on a free transfer and has signed a contract until June 2015.

One for the future

“Christian Bickel’s transfer is an investment in the future,” said Cottbus’ sporting director Christian Beeck. “He can play on either wing and is very talented.”

Bickel gained his footballing education with FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt before moving to Freiburg, where he received his first professional contract. This season, he has made 14 appearances for Freiburg's reserve team, scoring four goals, having spent the second half of last season on loan at Jahn Regensburg, for whom he appeared only three times due to injury.