The switch from Leonardo Balerdi to Borussia Dortmund is perfect. However, the BVB is facing a major problem with the 19-year-old who is moving from Boca Juniors to the Ruhr.
Balerdi signed a “very long term contract” in Dortmund, the BVB announced on Monday. According to media reports, it is a five-and-a-half year contract up to 30. June 2024.
“Leonardo Balerdi’s commitment is a forward-looking transfer that was originally planned for the coming summer and is now preferred,” said Dortmund’s Sports Director Michael Zorc. “It’s a good idea. Leonardo is an intelligent, bipartisan and head-on-the-wall defender of the interior. It also has a good setup and pass game. We are very pleased t hat he has chosen for us and are convinced that he will continue to help us with his talent in the future.”
For Balerdi, according to”Sport Bild”, the BVB is transferring a refund of 16 million euros to Argentina. The “kicker” reported twelve million euros plus bonus payments equal to two more million.
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Balerdi had arrived in Dortmund on Monday morning and had subsequently completed the compulsory medical check-up at the Knappschaftskrankenhaus. After that, he signed his contract at the training center Hohenbuschei and then trained directly with the team of trainer Lucien Favre.
One catch, however, is the deal with the interior defender for the Dortmund: Now, Balerdi must continue to travel to Chile on Wednesday, In order to participate in the U20-South America Championship there with Argentina.
According to “Image” the BVB is currently fighting to prevent the trip so that Balerdi can stay directly in Dortmund.
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The Argentinean internal defense talent has signed a very long-term contract with Borussia Dortmund.
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Because the Federal League table leader is plagued by great personal problems at the defense center: Manuel Akanji will have to pause for several weeks due to his hip problems. Even Dan-Axel Zagadou is not fully fit after a foot sprain. Abdou Diallo (fiber rice) still has training delays.
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The breakthrough in the negotiations with Boca succeeded the BVB in the last few days. Chief Scout Markus Pilawa had personally travelled to South America to wrap up the transfer and clarify the last details.