Championship outfit Barnsley have signed Austrian youth international Marcel Ritzmaier from Wolfsberger AC.
Championship Side Barnsley Sign Marcel Ritzmaier
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The 26-year-old has signed an undisclosed deal to stay at Oakwell until the summer of 2022.
Ritzmaier, who can play at left-back or in midfield, joined Wolfsberger in 2018 after eight years at PSV Eindhoven.
An Austria Under-21 international, Ritzmaier becomes the Tykes’ first signing of the window.
Speaking about the signing, boss Gerhard Struber said: “Marcel is a special player and will offer us more options for positions in the diamond.
“He can play in what I would call the number eight, the six and the 10.
“He’s a player with experience and high technical skills and is also quick, so I am very happy he’s chosen to play for Barnsley FC.
“Marcel will help for me and our team, also our fans. He will be a good player for this club.”
Ritzmaier Looking Forward to Getting Started
Ritzmaier added: “I am really happy to sign for Barnsley FC and to play in England.
“I have played for eight and a half years in the Netherlands and also in Austria and also the Europa League so I hope I can bring some experience to the team.
“I have a good relationship with Gerhard and Max, I know them as trainers and they know me as a player.
“The way they want to play fits me very well, I am happy to work with them.”
Speaking about the Tykes’ first venture into the transfer market, CEO Dane Murphy commented: “Many understand that this window can be difficult to get deals done, so we’re pleased to sign Marcel early.
“Marcel is an immensely talented player with background in the highest levels of European football.
“Barnsley Football Club is lucky to have secured his services as a few clubs in the top divisions of the continent chased his signature.
“Gerhard is quite familiar with Marcel and will utilize his ability to get maximum return.
“This is another step in the right direction for Barnsley Football Club in what will be an exciting second half of the season.”