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May 13, 2010

Dortmund swoop for young Aussie keeper Langerak

Borussia Dortmund have swooped for Melbourne Victory's promising Australian goalkeeper Mitch Langerak, pending the player agreeing personal terms and completing a medical.

Langerak, 21, has been a target for the Bundesliga side, who will play Europa League football next season, for around a month and a transfer fee has finally been agreed after the A-League club knocked back earlier offers.

The move marks the next phase in what has been a meteoric rise for Langerak, who cracked the Victory's starting XI at the start of the recently completed season and starred as the club narrowly missed out on both the A-League premiership and Grand Final, in which Langerak made one excellent save in his side's penalty shoot-out loss. Langerak then played in the club's unsuccessful Asian Champions League campaign.

Former Australia international goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has picked out Langerak as a potential future Socceroos number one. Langerak will likely be Dortmund's number three keeper behind Roman Weidenfeller and Marc Ziegler after young back up Marcel Hottecke decided to leave for FC Union Berlin to pursue first team football.

Langerak said the move represented a dream come true in his fledgling career. "I wanted to take this opportunity because Borussia Dortmund is a massive club with a fantastic history so for me to get the opportunity is something I'm very grateful for," he said.

Victory's football operations manager Gary Cole said although the club did not want to lose their first-choice goalkeeper, they did not want to stand in the way of Langerak's development.

"It's an unbelievable opportunity for Mitch, to go and play with a club that has just finished fifth in the Bundesliga," Cole said. "It's a remarkable opportunity for him and a significant deal for Melbourne Victory. It sends a great message to our young players that there's a pathway through Australian football into some of the premier competitions of Europe."

Victory fans will get an opportunity to farewell Langerak at Kevin Muscat's testimonial match on Friday night.

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