Leeds United Confirm Signing of Robin Koch From SC Freiburg

Max Cooper
Aug 29, 2020, 8:27 PM GMT+1
Sport-Club Freiburg v Fortuna Duesseldorf - Bundesliga
Sport-Club Freiburg v Fortuna Duesseldorf - Bundesliga | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Leeds United have confirmed the signing of Freiburg centre-back Robin Koch for an undisclosed fee.

The 24-year-old has finally completed his move to Elland Road, where he has put pen to paper on a four-year contract which will run until the summer of 2024.

Robin Koch in action for Freiburg
Robin Koch in action for Freiburg | THOMAS KIENZLE/Getty Images

The defender had been heavily linked with a switch to the newly promoted Premier League side for some weeks, but the club announced the completion of the deal on Saturday evening via the Leeds website.

Koch has been a regular fixture in the Freiburg defence since joining the Bundesliga club in 2017, making 87 appearances in all competitions over a three year spell. He joined the Breisgau-Brasilianer following a successful stint with hometown club Kaiserslautern, and he is now a rising star of German football.

The defender had helped guide Germany's Under-21 team to the European Championship final in 2019, but he only managed five appearances at that level before being promoted to Jochim Low's senior side.

Koch has picked up two international caps for the senior Germany side, his first coming against Argentina in October, and then competing against Belarus to gain his second.

Koch has represented Germany at senior level
Koch has represented Germany at senior level | TF-Images/Getty Images

He has also been included in Germany's squad for the upcoming international fixtures, meaning he could add to his current tally with performances against Spain and Switzerland.

The new Leeds star will be an important addition for the Whites, who were keen to bolster their defensive options ahead of their long-awaited return to the Premier League. Marcelo Bielsa's side have already confirmed the arrival of Valencia striker Rodrigo this week, as they prepare for their opening day clash with reigning champions Liverpool.

Leeds' baptism of fire will be followed by their first home game of the season, where they will take on fellow promoted side Fulham at Elland Road.