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Dortmund sign 17-year-old Bittencourt

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Dortmund sign 17-year-old Bittencourt

Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund have signed 17-year-old Energie Cottbus midfielder Leonardo Bittencourt from next season on a four-year deal.

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Bittencourt, who has played for Germany at Under-17 to Under-19 level and also holds Brazilian citizenship, is considered among the country's brightest prospects. He will move on July 1.

"We are delighted to have brought another major talent to Dortmund," Borussia sports director Michael Zorc said after the player, who had sparked interest from several Bundesliga clubs, signed the deal.

Dortmund became the Bundesliga's youngest championship-winning team last season with an average age of just over 24 years.

Great news considering Leverkusen & Bayern were after him as well! Seems to be a versatile player with a good technique, good passing and he's always on the move. Perfect for our playing style!

A little bit of footage of him:

http://vimeo.com/31797708

http://vimeo.com/31852701

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i think it's way too much money as it's too early to judge if he could ever get close to bundesliga level. for example holtby was much more impressive in the second league at the same age

will be interesting, i think he should have waited longer before making that move

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How much money are we talking about?

According to media reports, around €3m. Quite a lot for a very young player who, while being talented, has only played ~10 matches in the 2. league, and hasn't proved himself yet. BVB's transfer policy has worked well in recent years, so this might turn out to be a good deal, but it's somewhat risky nevertheless.

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If Dortmund don't sell anyone, it would seem sensible to lend him back to the second bundesliga for a season of half a season.

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Could be the case. We already signed Mustafa Amini who plays the exact same position (as far as I know). So, who could be on the way out? Kuba, Zidan and Da Silva as far as I know. Our midfield would still be very crowded, so the possiblity to loan Bittencourt back to Cottbus for a season doesn't sound unlikely.

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Dortmund have youth up the YIN YANG... time to buy some EXPERIENCE if they're going to take next year's Champions League more seriously.

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I saw Bittencourt play twice a few months ago. He was over in Northern Ireland with the Germany U-19 squad for a mini-qualifying tournament. They played against Northern Ireland (which I missed), and against Bosnia-Montenegro and Belarus. Bittencourt and Draxler were the most outstanding players I saw. I think that he should do well at Dortmund.

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