Luca Philipp also extends with TSG

Another player developed in Bundesliga football club TSG Hoffenheim's academy has joined Dennis Geiger in extending their contract with the club. Goalkeeper Luca Philipp has signed a new deal which will keep him at the Kraichgau-based club until 30 June 2024. The contract includes an option for an additional year.

''Luca had a late development as a youth player, but then his progress was all the more rapid. His progression to playing in goal for the Germany U21 team is a testament to the outstanding goalkeeping training at TSG,'' says Alexander Rosen, director of football at TSG Hoffenheim. ''Luca has a huge desire to learn, he's hard-working and he's talented. Since the beginning of last year he's established himself as the number two behind Oliver Bauman. Regardless of that, there are open discussions taking place between us and his inner-circle to decide whether a loan might make sense at the end of this season to give him more playing time at as high a level as possible."

Luca Philipp moved from SGV Freiberg to TSG's academy at 12 years of age and developed into one of the best goalkeeper talents in his age-group in Germany. The Stuttgart native has been training with the TSG first team since 2019 and became a permanent member of the squad just one year later.

In September 2021, Philipp made his debut for the Germany U21s under Stefan Kuntz, the current coach of the Turkey national team, in a 3-1 win in Latvia. This was followed by three further international appearances. He has made a total of 50 appearances for TSG Hoffenheim's U23 team in the Regionalliga Südwest.

His brother Tim, who is five years younger, also plays for TSG and is a goalkeeper for the U19s in the Bundesliga.

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