FC Ingolstadt 04 today confirmed the signing of young Swiss defender Florent Hadergjonaj from Young Boys of Berne. The 22-year-old right-back has signed a four-year-contract at the Audi Sportpark.
The fee between the Bundesliga club and their Raffeisen Super League counterparts has been agreed to be kept undisclosed.
Quick rise to the top
For a man of only twenty two years, Hadergjonaj is very experienced. After coming through the ranks of fellow Swiss top flight sides FC Thun and FC Luzerne, the Swiss-Kosovan graduated the Young Boys academy in 2013. He quickly established himself as a regular in the Swiss capital, appearing in a toal of 73 top flight appearances in his three full seasons with the club. With the Stade de Suisse side he also gained regular European experience, as he featured in 11 Europa or Champions League games.
The right full-back's attacking play earned him many plaudits and he was rewarded a year and a half after his debut, as he won Young Boys player of the season. Such is the defenders promise, he is widely regarded across the Alpine state as one of the country's brightest talent; Hadergjonaj was recently in action at the UEFA Under 21 Championship for the hosts, in a side that contained four players plying their trade in Germany; defenders Nico Elvedi and Ulisses Garcia, and midfielders Francisco Rodriguez and Salim Khelifi.
Eagerly anticipating his time with die Schanzer
The new Ingolstadt man spoke to the club website, and detialed his delight at being afforded a move to the Bundesliga. "For me personally, the change to Ingolstadt is a great opportunity to make the next step in my career," Hadergjonaj said, before adding "I would like to take this unique opportunity."
"I want to develop in all areas as soon as possible and I'll do everything to help the team as soon as possible," detailed the Swiss international. "Together we can meet the challenges of the Bundesliga and DFB Pokal," he finished with.
The former Young Boys defender had previously linked with the likes of Serie A giants SSC Napoli, so the transfer of such a bright challenge presents a real coux for the Bavarian side. Die Schanzer Sporting Director Thomas Linke simiralily expressed this sentiment, as he commented, "Florent [Hadergjonaj] is a great talent in Swiss football. Despite his young age, he has already has national and international experience." Linke ended with, showing the high hopes for Hadergjonaj in Ingolstadt, with "once Florent has acclimatized with us and is use to the Bundesliga, we will have a lot of joy from the transfer."