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Moritz Leitner joins Lazio from Borussia Dortmund

WUPPERTAL, GERMANY - JULY 09:  Moritz Leitner of Dortmund runs with the ball during the friendly match between Wuppertaler SV and Borussia Dortmund at Stadion Zoo on July 9, 2016 in Wuppertal, Germany.
Moritz Leitner has left Borussia Dortmund after five years.

Lazio have signed German midfielder Moritz Leitner from Borussia Dortmund for an undisclosed fee.

Leitner, 23, arrives in the Italian capital to replace Ogenyi Onazi, who joined Turkish club Trabzonspor on Monday.

Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc told the club's official website that Leitner left with their best wishes.

"We thank Moritz for his efforts for BVB and wish him all the best for his future endeavours and a lot of success with his new club," he said.

Leitner joined Dortmund in 2011, but failed to break into the team on a regular basis and spent two years on loan with Stuttgart but upon his return in 2015 only managed 13 appearances under Thomas Tuchel last season.

Although Ilkay Gundogan left for Manchester City this summer, Leitner's chances for playing time did not increase.

Stefan Buczko covers Borussia Dortmund for ESPN FC. Twitter: @StefanBuczko.


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