Gregor Kobel will remain as VfB Stuttgart’s No.1 after the club completed a deal with TSG Hoffenheim on a permanent move for the goalkeeper. Both clubs agreed not to disclose the transfer fee.
The 22-year-old, who spent the past season on loan at VfB, has penned a contract valid until 30 June 2024. The Swiss stopper made 31 Bundesliga 2 appearances in the promotion-winning campaign in 2019/20, keeping 10 clean sheets.
VfB sporting director Sven Mislintat: “We’re delighted that we could finalise this deal and that we can now begin our preparations for the season with our tried and tested pool of goalkeepers of Gregor Kobel, Fabian Bredlow, Jens Grahl and Sebastian Hornung. Gregor showcased his qualities in impressive fashion last season and was a key factor in our promotion back to the Bundesliga. He has tremendous ability and works hard on his development in a very focussed and single-minded manner. On top of that, he’s willing to take responsibility for our young team and joint objectives, both on and off the pitch.”
Gregor Kobel: “I’ve always said how at home I feel at VfB and within the team, that I can develop really well here and that I’d like to stay in the long term. I’m all the happier now that everything’s signed, sealed and delivered. I’d like to thank the management at VfB and TSG Hoffenheim. We achieved an important aim last season by earning promotion, and now we’ve got the huge challenge of establishing ourselves in the Bundesliga. As was the case last season, I want to play my part in that.”