Borussia Dortmund signs Füllkrug from Werder Bremen
German Giants, Dortmund’s early season difficulties have prompted the club to go for Germany forward Niclas Füllkrug to get the team firing again. German media reports that Dortmund has already reached agreement with the player over a three-year contract and is negotiating a fee with Werder Bremen.
Germany’s Niclas Fullkrug, scores from a penalty against Belgium during the international friendly soccer match between Germany and Belgium in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday March 28, 2023. Borussia Dortmund’s early season difficulties have prompted the club to go for Germany forward Niclas Füllkrug to get the team firing again.
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German media reports that Dortmund has already reached agreement with the player over a three-year contract and is negotiating a fee with Werder Bremen. Borussia Dortmund’s early season difficulties have prompted the club to sign Germany forward Niclas Füllkrug to get the team on track again.
The 30-year-old on Thursday passed a medical examination in Dortmund and subsequently signed a three-year contract through June 2026, the club announced.
Dortmund was previously in negotiations with Werder Bremen over the deal. Bremen had been hoping for about 20 million euros ($22 million), but the clubs reportedly settled on a deal worth 15 million ($16.4 million).
Füllkrug could make his Dortmund debut against promoted Heidenheim on Friday. “Niclas has proven his goal threat over the years and won the (Bundesliga) top scorer trophy last season,” Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl said.
“Thanks to strong performances, he is rightfully an important pillar in the center of the national team’s attack. Niclas is a forward who involves his teammates, very good in the air, physically present, he’s impressive in one-on-one duels and unpleasant for his opponents.
He embodies the profile we were looking for with all these qualities. ”The 30-year-old Füllkrug is a late bloomer. He has still played more games in the second division (135) than he has in the Bundesliga (128).
He only made his Germany debut last year, and was one of the few positives in another lackluster World Cup for the national team. He scored two goals as the team was knocked out in the group stage. Altogether he has seven goals in nine appearances for the national team.
Though he has an instinct for being in the right place at the right time, Füllkrug is not just a goal scorer. He’s a burly old-fashioned No. 9 who uses his physicality to make life difficult for defenders.
It made him attractive to Dortmund, which was fortunate to beat Cologne 1-0 in its opening Bundesliga game and was then held 1-1 by Bochum last weekend. Dortmund looked short of ideas and inspiration in both games.
Meanwhile, another old-fashioned No. 9, England captain Harry Kane, scored three goals in two games for league rival Bayern Munich. Füllkrug scored 46 goals in 99 games for Bremen since rejoining the club from hometown team Hannover in 2019.
“Niclas is fired up for this job at Borussia Dortmund,” Kehl said. “We look forward to this positive guy who will fight for our club. BVB has ambitious goals in three competitions and we are convinced that with Niclas we are even better positioned.”
Füllkrug will have to compete with Ivory Coast striker Sébastien Haller and young Germany forward Youssoufa Moukoko for a starting place. Haller will be playing for Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations, which takes place from Jan. 13 and Feb. 11.
Germany coach Hansi Flick said earlier Thursday that Füllkrug would fit in at Dortmund. “It goes without question that he could help the team with his personality and quality,” Flick said when he included the player in his squad for upcoming friendlies against Japan and France.
Füllkrug was previously overlooked for the senior team since his last appearance for Germany’s under-20 team in 2014. But he led Bremen to Bundesliga promotion in 2022 and scored 10 goals in 14 Bundesliga games before Flick finally called him up before the World Cup in Qatar.