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Braunschweig bag Hannover man
Hannover 96 have sold one of their key players from previous seasons, 31-year-old German forward Jan Schlaudraff who will move across Saxony to join Eintracht Braunschweig. The striker, who came through BFV Hassia Bingen's youth system before stints at top sides Gladbach and Bayern Munchen. The transfer will cost Braunschweig just €100k, and he will join in January.
His new coach at Eintracht Braunschweig, Benno Mohlmann described his new signing as a top player and that he was very pleased that Schlaudraff had decided to join, before praising his latest recruit, stating that the forward had all the attributes required for a successful stint at the club, though doubts have been raised over his fitness.
Schlaudraff is a veteran of German football, having began his career all the way back in 1996. Then he was at BFV Hassia Bingen until 2002, though he had previously played for youth side JSG Wissen. He left Bingen to join top flight Borussia Monchengladbach. He picked up his first Germany U-20 call up that year, of which he would gain 8 more, without scoring. Schlaudraff played 29 times for Gladbach II in his first season with 14 goals from his then position, midfield. The next year he attempted to break into Gladbach's first team with 4 appearances, though he was again dropped to the reserves, where he made 33 more appearances. After 6 more first team appearances, Schlaudraff was shipped out on loan to 2. Bundesliga side Alemannia Aachen. He played 15 times here without a goal but his spell was good enough to convince Aachen to sign him permanently. He played 29 times and scored 11 in Aachen's promotion season to the Bundesliga though next year he joined FC Bayern, playing just 8 times. After two years Bayern promptly sold him to Hannover, where he has spent 6 years. Playing either up front or behind the strikers, Schlaudraff averaged 2.85 goals a year for Hannover 96, his highest goal tally coming in 2008/09, his first year, where he managed 5 goals. He has made just 3 appearances this year for Hannover.
Overall, Schlaudraff made 132 appearances during his stint for Hannover, hitting the net twenty two times and he did not win any silverware with the club, he lifted the German Cup in 2007, with FC Bayern, who also won the Bundesliga and now extinct League Cup that year though Schlaudraff was ineligble for a medal. Now, he is looking to take the next step in his career, with Braunschweig.
"I would like to first thank everyone at Hannover 96 for the seven wonderful years I spent there, everyone welcomed me very well and I thank the fans for getting behind me. I will leave several friends in Hannover and I love the place and the club."
"I always had the dream of playing in the Bundesliga. It was a long way to get there but with stints with Bayern, Gladbach, and Hannover, I think I can finally be an established first team regular. At this moment, the Bundesliga is one of the biggest championships in the world and I will work hard to help Einracht to achieve important results."
Braunschweig legend Paul Breitner, who was, until this season, the club's transfer record, has publicly praised the signing.
"I think it's a good deal, anyone who has played for Bayern Munich and is available for such a little price usually is. I think Braunschweig need more attackers, there's Korte, Jackson, Oerhl and that's really it."