Southampton sign Germany U21 international Bella-Kotchap from VfL Bochum – ‘the perfect choice’

Date published: Tuesday 21st June 2022 7:33 - News Desk

Southampton sign Bella-Kotchap

Southampton have secured the permanent signing of Germany U21 international Armel Bella-Kotchap from Bundesliga outfit VfL Bochum.

The 20-year-0ld has penned a four-year deal at St Mary’s after playing 74 times for the German side.

The defender made 26 appearances as he helped VfL Bochum maintain their Bundesliga status last season.

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Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl told the club’s website: “I am very pleased that we have been able to secure Armel’s signing.

“He is a player who fits our profile very well and has a huge amount of potential, but with the number of senior games he has already played he can help us immediately.

“I think he has made the perfect choice in wanting to join us and we will now work with him to make sure he reaches his potential both for himself and for the team.”

Bella-Kotchap played in the junior ranks at Rot Weiss Ahlen before moving to Bochum at the age of 15. He now feels Southampton is the best place to continue his development.

He said: “I think, every young player dreams to play in the Premier League and I’m here and I’m happy and thankful for that.

“The coach has a big impact on me. We speak the same language and his interest was very big in me.

“The club convinced me and said they want to make a project with me and I’m ready to go and I will fight for my place.”


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