Midfielder Christian Gentner will move to VfB Stuttgart from German champions VfL Wolfsburg on a free transfer in summer 2010. The 24 year old will sign a three year deal with VfB, taking the player back to Stuttgart after three years in Wolfsburg. Christian Gentner came through the VfB youth sides, winning the German A-Jugend' (Under 18) youth championship with VfB in 2003, before making his full professional debut under then trainer Matthias Sammer in a 1-0 win over Hertha BSC Berlin on February 20th, 2005. The midfielder made 39 Bundesliga appearances for VfB, winning the title with the club in 2007, before following former coach Felix Magath to Wolfsburg on a loan deal that same summer. In 2008 Gentner signed a full contract in Wolfsburg.
A vital title element
At VfL, Gentner became a German international and was a vital element in the Lower Saxony side's championship win in 2008/2009, making 34 league appearances and scoring four goals. To add to the 15 appearances made for Stuttgart in the UEFA Cup, the young midfielder gathered further international experience with Wolfsburg, making six Champions League appearances for the Wolves'. In total Gentner has 121 games under his belt in the Bundesliga and has scored ten goals. With the national team the dynamic midfield engine has won four caps so far.
"Christian Gentner is a valuable new signing for the summer. He is a German international and knows VfB very well," said trainer Christian Gross. Executive Representative for Sport Horst Heldt added: "Christian is looking forward to Stuttgart and we are looking forward to having him. Right now though, our complete focus is avoiding relegation after the winter break." Gentner himself remarked: "I had, and am still having, a wonderful time at VfL, but my heart and my wits have told me that I should return to VfB."