Borussia Dortmund sign Kampl

The German giants have added the former Bayer Leverkusen to their ranks, with the Slovenia international joining on a five year deal


Borussia Dortmund have confirmed the signing Kevin Kampl from Red Bull Salzburg for a fee believed to be in the region of €10 million.

The 24-year-old midfielder was born in Germany but represents Slovenia at national team level and started his career at Bayer Leverkusen.

Kampl has been a key player for the Austrian giants since his move from Aalen in 2012, helping them to the round of 16 in the Europa League last season and the domestic league and cup double.

The midfielder completes the move as the German giants look to boost their ranks and climb back up the table, as they lie in the relegation spots in the Bundesliga after a horrendous start to their domestic campaign.

“Kevin Kampl will sign a long-term contract with Borussia Dortmund, keeping him at the club until 2019. Both clubs agreed details of the transfer fee shall remain undisclosed,” a statement on Dortmund’s official website read.

“Kevin Kampl is a versatile attacking-midfielder who we have been observing for some time. His style of play fits in perfectly with our own,” BVB’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, added.

Red Bull sporting director Ralf Rangnick said: “The transfer to the Bundesliga is the next logical career step for Kampl. So he’s moving to a club who have performed very well both in Germany and in Europe on a regular basis over the last few years.

“He’s an exceptional player with a lot of versatility, who has developed brilliantly in the last two and a half years. We wish him the best and all the success in his new challenge.”

Fabregas: I'd love Messi to join Chelsea

The duo played together in the Barcelona youth system and in the first team and the midfielder would love to be reunited with the Argentine at Stamford Bridge


Cesc Fabregas has said he “would love” to see Lionel Messi to join him at Chelsea.

Messi’s future at Barcelona has come under a lot of scrutiny after he suggested last month he could leave the club in the near future.

Fabregas played alongside the Argentine in the Barca youth system and again in the first team when he returned to Spain following his time at Arsenal.

The 27-year-old has been a key component of the Chelsea team which currently sits top of the Premier League and says he would love to team up with his former team-mate at Stamford Bridge.

When asked if he thinks Messi should join him in west London, Fabreas told Radio Marca: “I wish! Why not? I’d love that to happen. I’d be all for it.

“As a Barca man, I believe that Messi deserves to retire there for all that he has given the club.

“He is a legend that has changed Barca’s history. But, as his team-mate and friend, without doubt I’d love to have Leo by my side. This season Barca are Messi and 10 others. Messi has saved his team on many occasions.”

The World Cup winner was also asked if he felt Jose Mourinho would be a good fit to coach the Camp Nou club.

“I’d say that Barcelona have a style that he has already experienced and understands perfectly,” he replied.

“Chelsea play a very similar game: we want to be the protagonists, have possession and look to score. We may have a different system, but the philosophy is similar.

“Mourinho adapts to the players he has. What makes him so great as a coach is that he adapts to any situation and his teams can play in many different ways. It’s a very intelligent way of managing.”

Kramer signs new Bayer Leverkusen deal

The 23-year-old midfielder had attracted interest from Arsenal but will return to his parent club after his loan with Borussia Monchengladbach ends


Christoph Kramer has signed a new contract with Bayer Leverkusen which will keep him tied to the Bundesliga club for the next five years.

It was revealed in April that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has regularly sent scouts to monitor the 23-year-old midfielder, who is currently spending his second season on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach, while recent reports have linked the Gunners with a bid ahead of the January transfer window.

Kramer, who was part of Germany’s World Cup-winning squad this summer, has yet to make a senior first-team appearance for Leverkusen but has committed to a new deal with the Bundesliga club that will run until 2019.

“After the talks with Bayer’s bosses I did not have to hesitate to renew my contract. The total package with team, coach and club just fits,” Kramer told the club’s official website.

“I have been with Bayer since the youth academy and it was always my dream to make it into the first team. Now I managed to do this with experience in Bochum and Monchengladbach and that makes me very happy.”