Wolfsburg confirms deal for highly touted Dutch stud Bazoer
The Bundesliga side announced the move with a statement on its website Wednesday, with the 20-year-old six-time-capped promising Oranje talent putting pen to paper on a four-and-a-half year deal through June 2021 for a reported fee of €12 million.
"We have had a close eye on Riechedly Bazoer for quite some time and we are delighted that he has opted to sign for VfL Wolfsburg, in spite of having further offers from other renowned clubs," club sporting director Olaf Rebbe conceded.
Manager Valerien Ismael echoed those sentiments, saying, "I know Riechedly Bazoer well and firmly believe in the quality he possesses. He suits our team perfectly and can help VfL get back on the right track."
Now that the Lower-Saxons have beaten other top-flight sides to the punch for the prodigious defensive midfielder, Ismael and Co. will be hoping that Bazoer hits the ground running.
After finishing eighth in the Bundesliga campaign and progressing to the quarter-finals of the Champions League - a club-best run highlighted by a 2-0 victory over Real Madrid - Wolfsburg appear a side destined for the drop.
Dieter Hecking was sacked earlier in the campaign and replaced by Ismael, though the new gaffer's influence has hardly been inspiring, with just two wins to show in eight matches in all competitions since his Oct. 17 appointment.
The signing comes two days after the club parted ways with sporting director Klaus Allofs.
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