• Kramaric joined Hoffenheim on loan from Leicester City in January
  • In 15 Bundesliga appearances, the Croatia international got five goals and two assists.
  • Will feature for the Balkan nation at EURO 2016.

Though he only arrived on loan from Premier League title frontrunners Leicester City FC in January, Andrej Kramaric proved a key figure in TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's renaissance, playing a central role in their remarkable - and ultimately successful - survival battle.

Kramaric, who turns 25 on 19 June, had a major impact on the Sinsheim club, flourishing under the tutelage of coach Julian Nagelsmann to help his side retain their top-flight status when they had looked all but condemned to the drop at the winter break.

Kramaric's talents contributed significantly to keeping Hoffenheim in the top flight.

The former GNK Dinamo Zagreb and HNK Rijeka man's impact was such - and his immediate affinity for the club - that he was rewarded with a permanent deal, putting pen to paper on a four-year contract in May.

“I was impressed with how the side developed and really enjoyed me time here," Kramaric explained to his club's official website. "They put a lot of faith in me and the system catered to my strengths.”

Alongside the likes of former FC Bayern München striker Mario Mandzukic, Kramaric will now put those strengths at the service of his country in France, where they face Turkey, the Czech Republic and defending champions Spain in Group D.