Dortmund spend big to sign Germany full-back

Ian Watson

Borussia Dortmund have signed Hoffenheim full-back Nico Schulz, the Bundesliga runners-up have announced.

The 26-year-old has signed a five-year contract at Signal Iduna Park after two successful seasons at Hoffenheim which saw him earn six senior international caps, scoring against Peru and Holland.

Sporting director Michael Zorc told the club’s website: “Nico Schulz is a defensive player who has made another leap in performance over the past few years.

“Like the German national football team, we will benefit greatly from his physique, his pace and his extreme dynamism, a player like him with his fighting spirit.”

Playing mostly as a left wing-back, Schulz scored one goal and registered six assists in the Bundesliga this season. He will compete for a place with Abdou Diallo, Marcel Schmelzer and Raphael Guerreiro.

Schulz added: “Borussia Dortmund is a top club whose team plays a football that simply suits me and my style, and I think I can help the team with my way of playing and we can achieve great things together.”

Dortmund’s statement concluded by saying that “all parties have agreed not to disclose the details of the transfer”.

The fee, though, has been variously reported as 27million euros or £22m, making him one of Dortmund’s most expensive signings of all time. Andre Schurrle is their record capture, for 30m euros in 2016.