Berlin - Czech international midfielder Vladimir Darida has joined Hertha Berlin from relegated SC Freiburg.

The 24-year-old, who swapped Czech outfit Viktoria Plzen for Freiburg in summer 2013, has signed a four-year deal.

'I only wanted to come here'

"We're really happy - Vladimir Darida is a fantastic addition to the centre of our midfield," enthused Hertha sporting director Michael Preetz. "[He's] a young, but experienced and versatile player who will bring much-needed creativity to our team."

For Darida, remaining in the Bundesliga, where he has scored nine times in 54 outings, and joining Hertha was a no-brainer. "After talking to the responsible parties it was clear that I only wanted to come here," he explained. "To play in Berlin at the Olympiastadion in front of the enthusiastic Hertha fans is exciting and challenging."