Germany international Christoph Kramer has left Bayer 04 Leverkusen to return to Borussia Mönchengladbach on a five-year deal.
The 25-year-old had only moved to Leverkusen in the summer of 2015 after spending two seasons on loan at Gladbach from Die Werkself, but despite helping Bayer to a third-placed finish in the season just ended, he has opted to return to BORUSSIA-PARK.
"I know I’ll be welcome at Borussia, and I’d like to play here for as long as possible," Kramer told the media at his official unveiling. "I watched a lot of Borussia games last season."
Following Granit Xhaka's departure, Kramer is expected to form the Foals' defensive midfield pairing with Mahmoud Dahoud, the promising youngster who shot to prominence during the 2015/16 campaign by scoring five goals and providing eight assists.
"I hope that Mo Dahoud and I can build a good understanding. He's a good player," explained Kramer, who expects to settle back in quickly. "I have spoken to Andre Schubert and his idea of football suits me down to the ground."
The Foals’ sporting director Max Eberl was equally happy to have concluded the transfer. “We reluctantly gave Christoph back to Leverkusen a year ago, so it’s even more pleasing that we’ve now brought him back to Borussia,” he said. “He knows us and he knows the club, and his experience and personality will mean he plays an important part in our young team.”
Kramer made 73 appearances and scored five goals for Gladbach in his previous spell at the club, maturing into one of the league’s finest midfield players and winning the FIFA World Cup with Germany in 2014. He played 39 times in all competitions for Bayer last season and notched two goals, but missed out on a place in Joachim Löw’s squad for UEFA EURO 2016.