"We're delighted to have been able to bring Ivan Perisic on board. In the wake of the arrival of (new head coach) Dieter Hecking, this is the next important step taken by VfL," sporting director Klaus Allofs said at the official presentation of the new signing in Belek, Turkey, where the Wolves are based for their winter training camp.
"Ivan will give us even more options in the forward department. His profile is a perfect fit for the coach's team concept," Allofs added. Perisic, who turns 24 in February, said he was "massively happy that it's worked out and I'm proud to have the opportunity to play for VfL Wolfsburg. I'm determined to give the club my all and hopefully we'll be successful together over the coming years."
As to Wolfsburg's current situation, the Split-born Croatia international commented: "15th place in the table obviously isn't very good. I hope to be able to contribute to helping us improve on that as soon as possible - and maybe we can make it through to the final of the DFB Cup as well (...) For that, to happen, we need to lay the foundations by preparing well here in Belek."
Eye for goal
Perisic played 42 times for Dortmund in the Bundesliga after moving from Belgium's Club Brugge in the summer of 2011, scoring nine goals. Many of those appearances were off the bench, however, and he never managed to establish himself as a first-team regular. Confirming the move, the German champions and DFB Cup holders thanked Perisic for his commitment while at the club and wished him every success for the future.