Hamburg have signed Borussia Dortmund II midfielder Kerem Demirbay on a free transfer.
Demirbay, 19, will not join the club until the summer but he has already signed a contract until 2017 after leaving the German champions.
Hamburg sporting director Frank Arnesen announced the surprise signing of the Turkey Under-20 international at Sunday’s annual club meeting and has high hopes for the player.
“Kerem is a huge talent. He is Dortmund reserves’ key player and a Turkey Under-20 international,” Arnesen told MOPO. “I am convinced he can break into our Bundesliga squad.”
Demirbay had previously rejected Dortmund’s offer to be promoted into their first-team squad, with the club keen to hang on to their player.
“I would have loved to keep him,” Dortmund reserve boss David Wagner told WAZ. “I also know that Michael Zorc made him a good offer and Jurgen Klopp told him of his prospects at the club in a long talk.”
Dortmund have recently promoted reserve players Koray Gunter, Jonas Hofmann and Marcel Halstenberg into their Bundesliga squad. The trio train under manager Klopp but still largely appear for Dortmund’s reserve side.
Demirbay featured in 16 games for struggling Dortmund II in Bundesliga III, scoring two goals and creating one.
The midfielder signed for Dortmund’s youth academy from former Bundesliga club SG Wattenscheid 09 in 2011, having departed from Dortmund to Wattenscheid at the age of 15.