Van Drongelen swaps Rotterdam for Hamburg

Hamburg have completed the signing of teenage defender Rick van Drongelen from Eredivisie outfit Sparta Rotterdam.

The Bundesliga club secured the 18-year old’s services for a period of five years and will no doubt be hoping that he will bolster a defensive unit that conceded the league’s second-most goals last season.

“We are delighted that the deal is done,” HSV sporting director Jens Todt said via a statement on the club’s official website.

“We have been monitoring Rick for a long time and have watched him play more than ten times. He is a strong tackler, plays with a lot of heart and has a strong winning mentality,” the former Germany international midfielder added.

The player himself also expressed his delight at completing the transfer, acknowledging the significance of the first major move of his career.

“It feels great to be here,” he said, according to Hsv.de.

“It is a huge step for me and I can’t wait to learn from my team mates and walk out into this superb stadium for the first time,” he added.

Despite his age, can Drongelen has accumulated 31 Eredivisie caps for his former team and has also represented the Netherlands at under-19 level on 13 occasions.

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