Landry Dimata has joined Wolfsburg on a five-year deal. - © © imago / Belga
Landry Dimata has joined Wolfsburg on a five-year deal. - © © imago / Belga

Wolfsburg snap up Belgian hot prospect Landry Dimata


Wolfsburg have secured the services of up-and-coming Belgian forward Landry Dimata on a five-year deal as they bid for a much-improved performance in the Bundesliga in 2017/18.

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Dimata moved from Standard Liege and Oostende last year and enjoyed a breakthrough season in the Belgian Pro League, helping his new team qualify for Europe for the first time in their history.

The 19-year-old Belgium U-21 international scored 11 goals in 24 league games as Oostende finished fourth to reach the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. He also netted twice in the Belgian Cup final against Zulte Waregem, though his side were beaten on penalties after a 3-3 draw.

"I'm very grateful to Wolfsburg for giving me the chance to play in the Bundesliga," Dimata told the VfL website after signing. "I want to repay that faith in me. It's a big step up for me, moving from the Belgian to the German league. In Wolfsburg I'll be playing alongside a lot of top-class players who I can learn a great deal from. It'll be a big challenge, but I'm really looking forward to it."

The Wolves are getting their hands on one of Belgium's brightest prospects, who has been tipped for the top by fellow compatriot Romelu Lukaku, one of the country's top strikers. In May, Dimata won the Pro League's Young Player of the Year award, as voted by the players themselves.

With star striker Mario Gomez having already committed his future to the club, Wolfsburg will be hoping that the arrival of Dimata helps them to recover from a misfiring 2016/17 campaign, in which they only scored 34 goals in 34 games and needed a play-off victory over Eintracht Braunschweig to maintain their Bundesliga status.

Dimata is their fourth summer recruit after John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Marvin Stefaniak (Dynamo Dresden) and William (Internacional).

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