Borussia Dortmund have confirmed the signing of defender Matthias Ginter from SC Freiburg for a reported fee of €10m.
The 20-year-old, a non-playing member of Germany's triumphant FIFA World Cup squad, has been handed a contract until June 2019. "A childhood dream is coming true," said centre-back Ginter, who made his international debut in March, one of two caps to his name.
"I have always been a huge BVB fan and can now wear the shirt of my favourite club. I am looking forward to the unbelievable atmosphere in the stadium and being part of this wonderful team after my World Cup holiday."
A product of Freiburg's famous academy, Ginter made his senior bow against FC Augsburg in January 2012, not long after coach Christian Streich was promoted from the youth to the first team. Having come off the bench, he struck an 88th-minute winner, thus becoming the southern German side's all-time youngest goalscorer. Since then he has made a further 69 Bundesliga appearances, finding the net once.
Ginter is the Schwarzgelben's fourth summer recruit following the arrivals of Ciro Immobile, Adrián Ramos and Ji Dong-won. "Matthias is a strong and versatile player, one of the biggest talents in German football," said sporting director Michael Zorc. "We are delighted and proud that he chose us."
Last season's Bundesliga runners-up will enter the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League at the group stage.
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