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Germany midfielder Kevin Grosskreutz joins Stuttgart from Galatasaray

Kevin Grosskreutz has returned to the Bundesliga.

Stuttgart have signed former Borussia Dortmund midfielder Kevin Grosskreutz from Turkish side Galatasaray.

Grosskreutz, 27, can play on either wing or as a full-back, but endured a frustrating half-season with the Istanbul-based side after leaving Dortmund last summer.

The German's move to Turkey was ruled by FIFA to have been completed after the transfer deadline had passed and he was forced to wait until January before he could play.

"The Bundesliga belongs alongside the Premier League as the strongest league in the world. I'm very happy about the new challenge," he told Stuttgart's official website. "I'm delighted and keen to get to know the whole team."

Grosskreutz has made six appearances for world champions Germany but was an unused substitute in the country's 2014 World Cup-winning side and joins Stuttgart with the club in 15th place in the Bundesliga.

In 178 league games for Dortmund, Grosskreutz scored 23 goals and set up 27 more, winning two Bundesliga titles and one German Cup in six seasons with his hometown club. However, he did not fit in Dortmund's plans once new coach Thomas Tuchel took over from Jurgen Klopp.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.


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