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Fabian Johnson to Leave Hoffenheim at Season's End

The 26-year-old Munich native rose to prominence at the Bundesliga club but will be playing his soccer elsewhere next season. American Soccer Now's Brian Sciaretta reports.
BY Brian Sciaretta Posted
February 06, 2014
12:34 PM
CURRENTLY IN THE FINAL year of his contract with Hoffenheim, United States national team midfielder/defender Fabian Johnson will not return to the Bundesliga club next season.

Johnson, 26, joined Hoffenheim in 2011 on the heels of a difficult two-year stint at Vfl Wolfsburg, where he played in just 16 Bundesliga games. He rose to prominence at 1860 Munich where he signed his first professional contract and became a key player for the German U-21 team that won the European Championship in 2009.

Hoffenheim today confirmed the news that Johnson will leave the club despite its desire to sign him to a new deal.

“We've been fighting since the summer trying to convince Fabian to stay at the club," Hoffenheim head coach Markus Gisdol told the Bundesliga website. "However, he's opted for a transfer [to another club]."

Just prior to the close of the January transfer window, Crystal Palace made a push to land Johnson only to have the deal fall through. Several reports out of Germany have indicated that Borussia Monchengladbach has been the most interested club so far but other Bundesliga clubs are also in pursuit.

American Soccer Now will certainly track this story as it develops.

So tell us—where would you like to see Johnson land? Somewhere else in Germany? England? Major League Soccer? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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