Union Berlin have continued to strengthen ahead of next season and have added Japanese forward Genki Haraguchi.
The 30-year-old, who has scored 11 times from 57 appearances for Japan, will arrive at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei in the summer after his Hannover contract expires.
Union Berlin Sign Genki Haraguchi From Hannover
The addition of the experienced Japanese forward will please fans of Union Berlin. The attacking midfielder, who can also play on either wing, began his career with Japanese club Urawa Red Diamonds before joining Union’s rivals Hertha in 2014.
Genki Haraguchi spent four seasons at the Olympiastadion, where he made over 100 appearances, before helping Fortuna Dusseldorf achieve promotion to the Bundesliga after joining on loan in January, 2018.
That summer, the forward joined Hannover but was unable to help the club maintain their top-flight status. However, he remained with Die Roten in the second tier and netted 15 league goals in two seasons.
What Was Said
Speaking to the club’s official website, Haraguchi said: “I had a great time in Hannover. But now I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to play in the Bundesliga again next season.
“Union have proven in recent years what is possible when you work hard and as a team. I’m looking forward to the city and the Stadion An der Alten Försterei and I’m convinced that I can help the team to stay in the league again next season.”
Oliver Ruhnert, Union Berlin’s Managing Director for Professional Football, added: “Genki Haraguchi is a player who has known German football for several years and has convinced us with his performances.
“He is a technically skilled, often goal-scoring footballer who can bring us creativity and ball security. That’s why we are delighted that he has decided to join us.”
Genki Haraguchi will be welcomed in East Berlin by Japan teammate, Keita Endo. The 23-year-old spent this season on loan at Union but has agreed to a permanent move ahead of next season.
New arrivals at the Alten Försterei also include Rani Khedira, Paul Jaeckel, Tymoteusz Puchacz and Levin Öztunali ahead of the club’s foray into European football after qualifying for the Europa Conference League.