​Borussia Dortmund have announced the signing of teenage defender Leonardo Balerdi after capturing the Argentina Below-20 centre again from Buenos Aires giants Boca Juniors.

Balerdi has signed a ‘very long-term’ contract with Dortmund and started coaching along with his new teammates inside hours of placing pen to paper.

He has already been assigned the membership’s vacant quantity 18 shirt, final worn by Sebastian Rode previous to his mortgage exit to Eintracht Frankfurt earlier this month.

Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc confirmed that the switch had initially been deliberate for the approaching summer time, however was introduced ahead to January.

“Leonardo is an clever centre-back and powerful in defence,” Zorc added.

“He additionally has a great build-up and passing sport. We’re very glad that he has chosen us and are satisfied that he’ll assist us along with his expertise sooner or later.”

Leonardo Balerdi

Balerdi, who has performed only a handful of first workforce video games in his profession thus far after making his debut with Boca final 12 months, sees a continuation of Dortmund signing rising skills after touchdown the likes of Jadon Sancho, Alexander Isak, Dan-Axel Zagadou in current seasons.

Dortmund are presently on the right track to win a primary Bundesliga title since 2012. On the midway stage of the season Die Schwarzgelben have received 13 of their 17 video games, shedding simply as soon as, and lead reigning champions Bayern Munich by a good-looking six level margin.

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