SC Freiburg have responded quickly to the loss of Oliver Baumann by recruiting Swiss goalkeeper, Roman Burki from Swiss club, Grasshoppers Zürich.
The 23-year-old, who travels to Brazil next month for the World Cup, completes his move to the Bundesliga after being carefully watched by Freiburg for quite some time. There has been no confirmation over how long the deal will last, according to BT Sport.
“We have observed Roman Burki for a long time and are very pleased that the deal has come about," said sporting director, Jochen Saier.
"He fits our requirements and has gained experience in both the Super League and in Europe for Grasshoppers and with the Swiss Under-21s."
Grasshoppers Zürich finished second in the Swiss Super League with 65 points, seven behind Basel who won their fifth successive title. This was their 17th title in total but they remain 10 short of the record held by Grasshoppers.
Burki leaves a club with a massive reputation in Switzerland having won the Swiss Cup in 2013 but overall have won 49 domestic honours. Overall he has made 93 appearances for the Swiss giants in three years but he has now ready for a new challenge in the German league.
"The challenge of the Bundesliga excites me greatly and SC Freiburg enjoys, not least through the (Swiss) national players Admir Mehmedi and Gelson Fernandes, a good reputation in Switzerland." Burki said.
"This to me is a further step in my career and I am looking forward to my time in Freiburg."
The Swiss youngster will fill the void at Freiburg after Baumann completed his move to Hoffenheim earlier this month. He made 130 appearances for the club after having been at the club since he was a child, spending a total of 14 years there.
Freiburg finished 14th after a mediocre season, ending their Bundesliga campaign with 36 points, nine above the relegation zone. Next season they will be aiming to finish in the top ten and climb away from the drop.
The highlight of Burki’s career so far would have been Swiss Cup final last year where he helped his team win on penalties. His shot stopping qualities hasn’t gone unnoticed by the national coach as Ottmar Hitzfeld included him in his 30 man squad however it is unlikely he will start with fierce competition against Diego Benaglio and Yann Sommer to contend with.
In terms of his country’s World Cup chances, Switzerland have been drawn into a difficult group with Ecuador, France and Honduras. As the top seeded team in this group, many would say that they would be favourites to finish top but France have an array of stars and they can never be written off, whilst Honduras and Ecuador will be both more aware of the climate and will be better equipped for the conditions. The Swiss have plenty of talent themselves with Xherdan Shaquiri of Bayern Munich and Josip Drmic, now of Bayer Leverkusen, representing the country’s attack. Realistically, it’s a hard group to judge.
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