Hakan Çalhanoğlu today competed his €14 million pound move from Hamburg to Bayer Leverkusen.
The midfielder was on sick leave due to mental health problems having been under severe critisicm from HSV fans. Çalhanoğlu, 20, stated that he was looking to leave the Lower-Saxony club, his preferred destination being Leverkusen.
Leverkusen's sporting director, Rudi Völler was delighted to have finally secured the midfielder's services: "Thanks to his playmaking qualities and goalscoring threat, Hakan will really strengthen our side. We've gained a player who can do the unexpected and is extremely creative. Hakan should and will give our team an important boost in quality."
Çalhanoğlu told bundesliga.com: "I had a great time in Hamburg, but in Leverkusen I can now take the next step forward. To reach the Champions League group stages and compete at the top of the Bundesliga is a big challenge for me. I'm really looking forward to it and i'll give everything to help the team."
Last season, Çalhanoğlu has notched 11 times for Hamburg in 32 appearances, including a 40-yard costless-kick against Borussia Dortmund, he also reached four assists as Hamburg maintained their record of never being relegated from the Bundesliga.
With the move now completed, this now means that Pierre-Michel Lasogga can complete his €8 million move from Hertha Berlin to Hamburg, where he spent last season on loan.
Lasogga, 22, told BILD: "I am very glad that the confusion where I play next season is over. This was very stressful for me and one of the hardest decisions of my life, everyone knows how much I love Hertha."