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Coaching and Development Manager
Football Federation South Australia
De Jong signs for Gladbach
Borussia Monchengladbach have completed the signing of Dutch striker Luuk de Jong from FC Twente on a five-year deal.
The transfer has appeared inevitable since De Jong stated his desire to move to Bundesliga side Gladbach and not fellow suitors Newcastle last week.
But the move was finally completed when the 21-year-old successfully passed a medical on Tuesday evening and signed the contract the following morning.
The Holland international was Gladbach's main transfer target this summer as they look to strengthen ahead of their UEFA Champions League campaign.
De Jong scored 39 goals in 75 appearances for Twente as well as gaining experience in Europe with the Eredivisie side and that has been highlighted as a factor in the purchase.
"With Luuk de Jong, we are getting a highly-talented attacker who, despite being only 21, already has a wealth of experience in Europe with FC Twente and the Dutch national team," said Gladbach's director of sport Max Eberl.
"We are really delighted that this transfer has finally gone through. Luuk will be able to travel with us into our training camp at Tegernsee on Friday."
Date: 2012-07-19 12:50:55