Amiri leaves TSG

Nadiem Amiri will leave Bundesliga club TSG Hoffenheim and join top-flight rivals Bayer Leverkusen. The 22-year-old attacking midfielder had a contract with the Kraichgau club until 30 June 2020.

Alexander Rosen brought Amiri to the TSG Academy from the SV Waldhof Mannheim youth set-up seven years ago while head of the academy. The Ludwigshafen native went on to win the German A-Youth Championship with the U19s in 2014, before being promoted to the senior set-up and making his U21 international debut.

"There is always a particular sense of regret when a player leaves us who has matured from an academy product into an established professional and with whom we've worked very intensively for a long time," said TSG director of football Alexander Rosen. "Although we indicated at an early stage, directly after his injury, that we would like to enter into concrete talks, Nadiem did not want to extend his contract, which was due to expire next year. We must respect this decision and take the appropriate action," explained Rosen, who added: "In line with our philosophy, it is absolutely out of the question to allow a player of this calibre from our own academy to leave on a free."

Nadiem Amiri arrived at TSG Hoffenheim in July 2012. The midfielder became a German A-Youth champion with the U19 squad in the 2013/14 campaign, scoring two goals in the 5-0 victory over Hannover 96 in the final. Shortly afterwards, at the age of 18, he made his Bundesliga debut for the Kraichgau club in a match against VfL Wolfsburg. The 22-year-old, who has had to endure a number of injury setbacks in his young career, has since made an additional 114 appearances (106 Bundesliga matches, four appearances in the DFB Cup, two games in the Champions League and three in the Europa League), scoring 19 goals.

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