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German full-back Durm joins Huddersfield Town on one-year deal

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, left, and Borussia Dortmund's Erik Durm battle during a Champions League quarter-final. Picture: AP/Andres Kudacki
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, left, and Borussia Dortmund's Erik Durm battle during a Champions League quarter-final. Picture: AP/Andres Kudacki
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HUDDERSFIELD TOWN have made World Cup winner Erik Durm their fifth signing of the summer.

The 26-year-old full back, a German international with seven caps to his names, has joined from Borussia Dortmund for an undisclosed fee.

I know Erik well from our time together at Dortmund and he has all the qualities to be a great success in our ‘Terriers Identity’. He is a smart, determined character too.

David Wagner

Durm has signed a one-year contract with Town having the option to extend his stay by another 12 months.

He has previously worked with David Wagner, who signed the then striker when in charge of Dortmund’s reserve team in 2012. Wagner converted Durm to a full back during their time together.

The terriers head coach said: “It is not every day that you can bring a player of the quality of Erik to your club.

“He is a World Cup winner and has played at the very highest level, so this is a fantastic day for Huddersfield Town.

“Obviously, I know Erik well from our time together at Dortmund and he has all the qualities to be a great success in our ‘Terriers Identity’. He is a smart, determined character too. He’s desperate to play and that is always a good thing for any Head Coach.”

Durm failed to make an appearance for Dortmund last season due to injury but Wagner added: “He has been very unfortunate with injuries for a year now, but he was training with Dortmund at the end of the season and he has passed our medical with flying colours this week.

“That is no surprise to me; he was always one of the fittest players at Dortmund and has great physical attributes; real stamina and speed.

“All the same, we will manage Erik’s workload carefully in pre-season to help him return to the top level that he is capable of.”