Hanover - Hannover 96 have completed the signing of Germany Under-20 international Andre Hoffmann from MSV Duisburg on a contract until the end of the 2015/16 season.
Hoffmann becomes Hannover's first signing this winter and he arrives in time to join his new team mates in preparing for the second half of the season.
"Andre Hoffmann is a player with great prospects, who we believe can take the next step with us," said Hannover’s sporting director Jörg Schmadtke. "He can play in central defence as well as as a holding midfielder, and he has also proven his quality in numerous matches for Germany’s youth teams."
Hoffmann joined Duisburg in 2002 and scored once in 37 matches for the Bundesliga 2 side. The 19-year-old received recognition for his performances and conduct in Germany's Under-19's (2012) and Under-17s (2010) sides, earning a silver medal from the German Football Association (DFB). Understandably, Dusbuirg are sorry to see him go.
“We all knew that Andre would get his chance in the Bundesliga sooner or later,” said the Zebra’s sporting director Ivica Grlic. “Andre has earned this chance. Of course the transfer hurts us, but Andre has given us so, so much in all of these years. We wish him all the best in Hannover, and Andre knows that the door to MSV remains open to him.”
Duisburg coach Kosta Runjaic can vouch for Hoffmann’s qualities, saying: “It’s very rare for a 19-year-old to have so much ability. Andre is already very mature, both in terms of his football and, importantly, as a person, and he will go a long way.”