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Liverpool lose out to Borussia Monchengladbach in race for German midfielder Lars Stindl

Modified 03 Apr 2015, 16:16 IST
Stindl set to leave Hannover 96 for Borussia Mönchengladbach

In a news that is going to disappoint Liverpool fans, the highly rated German midfielder, Lars Stindl has agreed a move to Borussia Mönchengladbach. The 26-year-old has agreed on a five-year deal that will keep him at Borussia Park till the summer of 2020.

This news is sure to disappoint Liverpool fans as there were reports linking the highly rated German to replace the exiting club captain, Steven Gerrard.

The Hannover midfielder took to twitter to disclose the news and thank his fans for the continued support through out. He said, “I have decided not to extend my contract at Hannover, but will join Mönchengladbach in the summer,”. “The two clubs will now deal with the details, but I wanted to lead at this stage to provide clarity”, he also added.

Stindl had been attracting interest from a number of other Bundesliga clubs, including Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen, but the Gladbach club was successful in triggering a release clause in his contract of around three million euros ($3.3 million). The current club captain joined Hannover 96 from Karlsruhe in 2010 and has made a total of 147 Bundesliga appearances in his 5-year stint at the club.

Stindl: A painful decision, to leave

“Together with you, I look back on an eventful time: In my first year at the Reds, finishing in fourth place and qualifying for Europe, with those noisy European nights in the Europa League,” the midfielder wrote in a statement he posted on Twitter. “Until the summer, I'll only be focused on getting points for 96," he added.

Referring to the poor run of form that the club as found it itself in, he also said, "We are all highly motivated to free ourselves from the current situation and we'll give our all to survive the drop.” Hannover 96 are sitting in the 14th position in the table, two points above the relegation zone.

German newspaper Deutsche Welle has quoted Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl as saying, "We had strong competition in our efforts to sign Lars,". "We are delighted that he has chosen us. He can be used in several midfield positions and has shown as captain of Hannover that he can take responsibility."

Stindl will replace Christoph Kramer, who will be returning to his parent club, Bayer Leverkusen after his two-year loan deal which is set to expire at the end of this season.

Published 03 Apr 2015, 16:10 IST
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