Hoffenheim sign playmaker
Hoffenheim have completed the signing of Brazilian playmaker Roberto Firmino on a four-and-a-half-year deal.
By Thomas Zocher
Last Updated: 18/12/10 4:16pm
Hoffenheim have completed the signing of Brazilian playmaker Roberto Firmino on a four-and-a-half-year contract.
The 19-year-old has moved to the Rhein-Neckar-Arena from Brazilian outfit Figueirense for a reported fee of €4million (£3.4m).
Firmino has joined Ralf Rangnick's seventh-placed Bundesliga outfit because he wants to fulfil an ambition of playing in the UEFA Champions League.
He told Bild: "First, I want to integrate myself, learn the language and show what I can do in training so I get the chance to play.
"Eventually, the Champions League is a dream, but that's a long way off."
Meanwhile, Rangnick has rubbished reports that Hoffenheim could be tempted to sell midfielder Luiz Gustavo, who is under contract until the summer of 2014, to Bayern Munich during the winter transfer window.
Rangnick told Deutsche Presseagentur: "We have no intention to sell the player.
"Even £8.5m would be rather like having a laughing fit than an acceptance limit. I would think it is to be ruled out that we are going to sell him this winter. There have not even been negotiations."
But General manager Ernst Tanner has confirmed that Brazilian striker Wellington Luis de Sousa, who is currently loaned to Fortuna Dusseldorf of Bundesliga 2, could be soon be leaving the club.
Tanner told spox.com: "Welli (Wellington) is actually down in Brazil, he is there to negotiate with a few clubs."