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Professionals, 12. July 2017

VfB secure the services of Ron-Robert Zieler

The goalkeeper makes the move from Leicester City and has signed a three-year deal with the Cannstatt Boys.

VfB have secured the services of Ron-Robert Zieler. The goalkeeper makes the move to Stuttgart from English Premier League club Leicester City and has signed a three-year deal. Ron-Robert Zieler will wear the number 16 jersey for VfB.

Between 2010 and 2016, the 28-year-old made a total of 185 top-flight appearances for Hannover 96. The 1,88 meter tall keeper also played in 23 UEFA Europa League and 11 DFB-Cup matches.

During that period, the Cologne born keeper also debuted in the German national team, with whom he had collected 32 caps at junior level – becoming an U19 European Champion with Germany in the Czech Republic in 2008. Ron-Robert Zieler was part of national team coach Joachim Löw’s squad at the 2012 European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine, before winning the 2014 World Cup with the German national team in Brazil.

Last summer, Ron-Robert Zieler made the move to England. With Leicester City, the keeper made nine English Premier League, two FA Cup and one Champions League appearance.

Jan Schindelmeiser, VfB Sporting Director:

"We are well aware of how important a stable defence will be for us in the coming season. With Mitchell Langerak, Jens Grahl and also Florian Kastenmeier, we already have a great deal of quality in the goalkeeper position here at the training camp. Ron-Robert Zieler will be a distinct improvement to that goalkeeping group. Several weeks ago, we defined a mutual direction with Ron-Robert. Discussions with Leicester City were difficult and, without the exceptional efforts of Ron-Robert, they would not have been successful."

Ron-Robert Zieler:

"I am delighted the move to VfB Stuttgart has worked out. My talks with those responsible at VfB were very convincing and they made a determined effort to get me here. I got the impression that something very special can develop here at VfB and I want to be a part of that. Now it’s all about getting to know the team as quickly as possible and apply myself to the maximum."