Strobl set for Gladbach switch

The utility man is heading to Borussia-Park next season.

Strobl set for Gladbach switch
Photo: Borussia Mönchengladbach

On Wednesday, Borussia Mönchengladbach announced that Tobias Strobl would be joining the club in the summer.

The defender-cum-midfielder will join from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on a free when his contract runs out.

Strobl has signed a four-year deal with the Foals, taking him through until 2020 with the Westfalen outfit.

Eberl excited

The 25-year-old has been a prominent figure in the Hoffenheim side in recent years, making 80 appearances for the Sinsheim club since returning from 1. FC Köln on loan.

Comfortable in the centre of defence and at the base of midfield, as well as in right-back, sporting director Max Eberl admitted he was "delighted" to tie him down.

Eberl also believes his "experience" and "character" are characteristics that will help him "fit in well".

After spending his youth career with 1860 Munich, Strobl made the switch to Hoffenheim in 2011 and admitted he was "very thankful" for what they done.

He has established himself as a regular in their ranks and will be a superb replacement for the departing Gladbach midfielder, Havard Nordtveit.

Tobias Strobl was all smiles with sporting director Max Eberl upon signing the deal. Photo: Borussia Mönchengladbach
Tobias Strobl was all smiles with sporting director Max Eberl upon signing the deal. | Photo: Borussia Mönchengladbach

Strobl has his say

"Borussia is quite simply an unbelievably good football club," Strobl told the club website, who was obviously delighted to have joined.

He added, "When I looked at the development here over recent years, I made the decision to join pretty quickly."

Strobl feels his versatility is his "strength", though he doesn't mind where he plays: "I just hope, regardless of position, that I play lots of games and can help out the team."

Despite the promise of a move this summer, he is keen to focus on his current club: "I'm desperate to end my time at Hoffenheim having survived in the Bundesliga."