Hertha BSC have completed their first signing of 2020 by bringing in Argentina international midfielder Santiago Ascacibar from 2. Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart.
The 22-year-old has signed “a long-term contract” according to a statement on the club’s official website, with no actual length announced. It is the club’s first signing since the appointment of Jürgen Klinsmann as head coach at the end of November.
Ascacibar has been handed the number 18 shirt for the second half of the 2019-20 top flight campaign. The defensive midfielder made 13 starts in the second tier during the first half of the campaign, and leaves Stuttgart in third position as they look to get back into the top flight at the first attempt.
The player was quoted as saying:
“I’m happy that the transfer has been completed in the winter break.
“After holding talks with Michael Preetz and Jürgen Klinsmann, I believe I can continue to develop as a player here and that we can achieve a lot together. I’m really looking forward to that and can hardly wait to get to know my new teammates. We’ll do everything we can to keep climbing up the table in the second half of the season.”
Santiago Ascacibar is a holding midfielder who loves to fly in with challenges. Despite picking up a reputation in the second division for being an aggressive player, he has only collected three yellow cards from 11 fouls this season. In fact, the defensive player has won more than twice as many free kicks himself.
Hertha’s latest signing joined Stuttgart in 2017 and has since gone on to win three caps for the senior Argentina national team. He has 56 Bundesliga games under his belt for the Baden-Württemberg club prior to their relegation last May.
Ascabicar could make his competitive debut for Klinsmann’s side when they host defending champions Bayern Munich on 19 January 2020 in their first game after the winter break.