Jan 27, 2012

A new challenge

Hi friends,

as you may have recently noticed in the media, I left my former club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim two days ago to join VfB Stuttgart with immediate effect.

After four and a half years, 135 official matches and 54 goals it was time for me to take on a new challenge. The club always supported me in every condition of life, and I'm unbelievably proud to been a part of this positive development.

I look back on many years in Hoffenheim full of positive memories, and I would like to thank at this point my coaches Ralf Rangnick and Holger Stanislawski, all staff members and Dietmar Hopp, my teammates and especially you guys for those unforgettable moments. I really appreciate that no one put any obstructions in my way and I could fulfill my wish to move on to Stuttgart.

At VfB Stuttgart I was meanwhile well received and already worked through the first few training sessions. I'm really looking forward to the atmosphere at the Mercedes-Benz-Arena in Stuttgart, where we are going to play against VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach on Sunday.

Best Wishes from Stuttgart