National player Jonas Hofmann is moving from Borussia Mönchengladbach to Bayer Leverkusen. The factory club announced this on Wednesday after there had been speculation since Tuesday. Leverkusen and Hofmann use an exit clause that, according to Borussia, is ten million euros.
The 30-year-old has signed until 2027. “We’ve been dealing with Jonas for a long time and we’re glad he decided to go to Bayer 04,” said sporting director Simon Rolfes about the 2022 World Cup participant.
Borussia, on the other hand, reacted with a cold. He presented Hofmann with a new “offer that met all the conditions he had set,” said sporting director Roland Virkus: “The fact that he still decided to activate the opt-out clause does not leave a good feeling.”
Last year, the EM candidate Hofmann had extended his contract in Gladbach until 2025, including an option for another year. However, he had probably been assured that he would be able to leave the club for a fixed fee.
Hofmann’s departure is a huge loss for Borussia. In Marcus Thuram (13 goals), Hofmann (12), Lars Stindl (8) and Ramy Bensebaini (6), Borussia lost their top four goalscorers of the past season in one fell swoop. The quartet scored 39 of the 52 goals.
Jonas Hofmann: “I’m very grateful to Borussia”
Hofmann was also considered a candidate for the captain’s armband. “I’m very grateful to Borussia for the past seven years. I had an outstanding time there. Recently, however, I’ve had a stronger feeling of wanting to do something new,” he said.
In contrast to Gladbach, Leverkusen with coach Xabi Alonso is represented in the Europa League. Hofmann moved from Borussia Dortmund to Gladbach in January 2016. He played 214 competitive games for Borussia and scored 48 goals.