Schmitz swaps Salzburg for Leipzig

The right-back is heading for Leipzig.

Schmitz swaps Salzburg for Leipzig
Image source: Sky Sports Austria

On Friday, RB Leipzig confirmed the arrival of Benno Schmitz from sister side, Red Bul Salzburg.

The promising young right-back has joined on a free transfer, becoming the 10th player to make the switch from the Austrian franchise to their German counterparts.

Schmitz has signed a four-year deal at the Red Bull Arena, taking him through to 2020 with the newly-promoted Bundesliga side.

A chance to shine in the top tier

The move to Salzburg handed Schmitz his first real chance in professional football, having failed to feature once for Bayern Munich.

He did make the bench once under Pep Guardiola but he was confined to the youth team and reserves throughout his stay.

While with Bayern, Schmitz made over 100 appearances across the various age groups. He also put in some sold performances in the Regionalliga.

After seven games with FC Liefering, the now 21-year-old made the step up to first-team action and did so with relative ease.

He then went on to feature 60 times for Salzburg, winning the league and cup double twice in his two seasons at the club.

Benno Schmitz in action against Rapid Wien. | Image source: RB Leipzig
Benno Schmitz in action against Rapid Wien. | Image source: RB Leipzig

Rangnick has his say

Now reverted back to his original role at Leipzig as their sporting director, Ralf Rangnick was quick to praise his new arrival for a rapid rise through the ranks.

The man who took Leipzig to the Bundesliga said, "With Benno Schmitz we have signed a player who, within the last two years, has very well developed in Salzburg."

He added, "For his age, he has already collected a lot of experience at international level."

Rangnick concluded, "He is able to play in various positions across the pitch, familiar with to play with our type of football and will surely strengthen our squad with his abilities."