Gladbach - Borussia Mönchengladbach have confirmed that Hannover 96 captain Lars Stindl will be joining the club this summer after the 26-year-old signed a five-year contract with the UEFA Champions League aspirants.

"We faced stiff competition in our pursuit of Lars Stindl and are delighted that he has decided to join us," said the Foals' sporting director Max Eberl. "He can cover a number of different positions in midfield and demonstrated as the captain of Hannover 96 that, with his experience, he can also assume responsibility."

'I want to take the next step'

Stindl has scored 15 goals and assisted a further 20 in 124 Bundesliga appearances for the 96ers, and also helped the Reds to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League in 2011/12. The former Karsluher SC man has now decided upon a new challenge with Gladbach, but in a heartfelt message to the Lower Saxon club's faithful, he promised to maintain his level of performance for the remainder of the season before he departs:

"I look back on an eventful time spent with you. Finishing fourth and qualifying for Europe in my first year, the thrilling football festivals we had in the Europa League and lastly my being named captain, which was a huge honour for me. After five years of wearing the Hannover kit I want to tread a new path after this season and accepting a new challenge with Borussia Mönchengladbach. I want to take the next step in my development there and hope that you can understand that.

"Until the summer I will be exclusively focused on picking up points with 96. We are all collectively highly-motivated to get ourselves out of our current situation as soon as possible and will be giving our all to ensure that we stay up. For that we need your support."

Stindl's deal at the HDI Arena was due to run until the summer of 2016.