Stuttgart - VfB Stuttgart have announced the signing of Hannover 96 winger on a free transfer. The 23-year-old has put pen to paper on a three-year contract with the club and will arrive at the end of the season.

VfB sporting director Fredi Bobic commented: "It's great news that Konstantin has decided to come here, despite a lot of interest from other clubs. We made it very clear to him what we want to achieve. He can play in a variety of positions, plays with passion and has the right mentality.”

"New challenge"

Rausch himself was delighted to seal the move to the Mercedes-Benz Arena outfit. "I had some very good conversations with Fredi Bobic and [head coach] Bruno Labbadia," said the eight-time Germany U-21 international. "They gave me a really good feeling and convinced me this was the right decision. Now I'm just looking forward to the new challenge."

Rausch came through the youth ranks at Hannover after joining the club in 2004 and made his Bundesliga debut in March 2008. He has made 148 top-flight appearances for the Lower Saxony side, scoring nine goals.