One out for Dortmund, one in for Schalke

Midfielder Leonardo Bittencourt is swapping Borussia Dortmund for Hannover 96 next season, while winger Christian Clemens will join Schalke 04 from FC Köln.

19 year-old Bittencourt leaves Dortmund after just one season and five appearances for the first team having joined from Energie Cottbus a season ago in July 2012. The midfielder, who has one cap for Germany’s under-21 side, signed a four year contract at the AWD-Arena and will wear the number 32 shirt in the 2013-14 season.

Both his new manager and Hannover’s sporting director spoke out regarding the transfer, with the former – Mirko Slomka – saying “I’m very pleased we’ve been able to reach an agreement with BVB. Leonardo made it clear early on that he wanted to come here and I want to develop his talent in the Bundesliga. The club is acquiring a quick and creative attacking player.”

Dirk Dufner, recently appointed sporting director, was along the same lines. “We decided to bring Leo Bittencourt to the club because we were convinced of his ability. He has all the ingredients to be an asset to the team,” he said of his the new signing.

Bittencourt, who scored one Bundesliga goal during his time with Dortmund, will link up with his new teammates on July 1st.

Across the Ruhr, rivals Schalke were busy completing the transfer of Clemens amid interest from a number of clubs. Signing a four year deal on Tuesday after returning from international duty in Israel with the German under-21s, the wide man will wear the number 11 shirt for the Königsblauen next season.

New challenge: Clemens is back in the Bundesliga after signing on with Schalke.
New challenge: Clemens is back in the Bundesliga after signing on with Schalke.

General manager Horst Heldt waxed lyrical on the 21 year-old, saying “Christian Clemens is a German U-21 international with enormous potential. We are delighted that we have been able to tie down another talented and young German player to the club on a long-term contract. He is quick, has a strong shot, can play in various attacking positions and is a goal threat from wide areas as well from the centre.”

The Cologne-born winger leaves his hometown club after twelve years, having turned out just four shy of 100 times for the Billy Goats, scoring 13 times in the process.

Financial details were not disclosed for either deal.

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