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Norwich City sign Moritz Leitner

26 June 2018

City have signed midfielder Moritz Leitner on a permanent deal from FC Augsburg.

Leitner, who impressed during his loan spell with the Canaries in the second half of last season, has put pen to paper on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee. He will join permanently upon the expiry of his loan spell in July, and becomes Norwich’s second signing of the summer transfer window, following the arrival of Emi Buendia.

Leitner, 25, featured 12 times for City last season either side of a hamstring injury, and comes with excellent pedigree at the top level of German football.

He moved to Borussia Dortmund from 1860 Munich aged 18, and went on to win the Bundesliga with them in 2012. The midfielder also featured in three Champions League matches that season, including coming on as a first-half substitute against Arsenal at the Emirates.

He featured 29 times during the following season, notably being named on the bench for Dortmund's Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich at Wembley.

He has had spells at Stuttgart and Lazio, before joining Bundesliga side Augsburg in January 2017.

Leitner has played at various youth levels for Germany, earning 24 caps for the Under-21s.

“I feel very happy to be here,” Leitner told Norwich City TV. “When I arrived here on loan, to be honest I came here because of Daniel [Farke] and Stuart [Webber]. I had an unlucky situation at Augsburg, and the whole family of the Canaries, the supporters, everyone in the dressing room and in training helped me so much and gave me a good feeling.

“So for me it was clear if I got the chance I would come back and help the club to get success.

“I just want to be a part of this club and for sure I’m really happy and also really proud to be here and to wear the shirt.”

Daniel Farke, who coached Leitner in the Dortmund Under-23s, said: “I’ve made it clear that Mo is an outstanding player with unbelievable technical ability. He had two-and-a-half difficult years which meant we could get him here for a loan spell, and you could see how important he can be and what a great footballer he is.

“It’s outstanding to have him here on a permanent signing, and I’m really looking forward to having him in the squad.

“It will be good for him to have a whole pre-season with us. I think there’s even more of him to come, and to step back onto the level he promised in his younger years. If he can do this then he will have a big, big impact for our game.”

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