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Lukas Rupp joins Norwich City from 1899 Hoffenheim

13 January 2020

Norwich City have completed the signing of Lukas Rupp from Bundesliga side 1899 Hoffenheim for an undisclosed fee.

The German midfielder has put pen to paper on a contract that will run through to the summer of 2022.

Rupp, 29, joins the Canaries with a wealth of experience in German football.

After starting his career with Karlsruher SC he has since gone on to play top-flight football with the likes of Borussia Monchengladbach, SC Paderborn and VfB Stuttgart.

Speaking exclusively to canaries.co.uk, Rupp said: “I was in the training camp in Marbella with Hoffenheim and then two days later, I’m here so it’s been very quick. But I’m very happy to be here.

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“It’s a childhood dream. I was in the Bundesliga for ten years now and it’s a new chapter for me. I wanted to be part of the team here and help the team stay in the Premier League.

“I know Mario Vrancic, I played with him at Paderborn, and from the national team I know Marco Stiepermann.

“It’s the first time that I’ve been out of Germany to play football. But I know this stadium [Carrow Road] already because with Monchengladbach, I had a friendly game against Norwich about seven years ago.

“I’m looking forward to training with the guys. Saturday [against AFC Bournemouth] is an important game and I can’t wait to get started.”

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Head Coach Daniel Farke said: “Lukas is a great guy who has a lot of experience. He’s played for some very big clubs in Germany and has a lot of game time in the Bundesliga.

“He’s a versatile player who can play in a number of positions in the midfield and has also played at full-back.

“He’ll be a valuable option for us going forward and is a very good character. He’s an important signing for us and we’re happy that a player of his experience has committed to us.”


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