Stuttgart - After 14 years and 181 games in the red and white shirt of VfB Stuttgart, Serdar Tasci has left the club to join FC Spartak Moskva.

The 26-year-old is moving to Russia to seek a new challenge, just over seven years to the day since he made his Stuttgart debut.

Worthy professional

“Serdar Tasci has been a worthy professional during his time with the club, and among other things he won the Bundesliga here in 2007,” said Stuttgart’s sporting director Fredi Bobic. “He has known the club since his youth and always fully identified with VfB. After many years here, he would now like to gain experience abroad and develop there.”

Tasci joined Stuttgart at the age of 12, rising through the youth ranks before making the breakthrough into the senior side at the start of their title-winning campaign. He was subsequently rewarded by earning his first caps for Germany, and he remains a candidate for the national team squad for next year’s FIFA World Cup.

”Not an easy decision”

“This was not a decision against VfB, but rather one in favour of a new challenge,” said Tasci on his club’s website. “I had an incredibly good time with VfB, playing here from my youth and becoming a professional here, and then being captain recently. I had always stressed that I am a Stuttgart fan and I will remain so.”

“After so many years with VfB, I would now like to accept a new challenge. I am still at an age where I can develop further. I would like to thank the VfB fans in particular. They have always given me, as well as the whole team, excellent support. It was not an easy decision.”