Gentner to rejoin Stuttgart

German midfielder to switch clubs on a bosman this summer

Gentner: Upcoming Stuttgart switch

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Germany international Christian Gentner will leave Wolfsburg for former club Stuttgart this summer.

The 24-year-old began his career at Die Roten before moving to current Bundesliga champions Wolfsburg in 2007 initially on loan.

Gentner is a regular at the Volkswagen Arena but, with his contract expiring in the summer, has been lured back to his roots and informed the club of his decision on Friday.

"We would have liked to keep Christian Gentner, but his decision has been made for a while," said Wolfsburg coach Amrin Veh.

"He has developed really well during his time with Wolfsburg."

Although his future lies elsewhere, the German has vowed to strive to help the team turn around their disappointing campaign with the club currently lying 8th in the table.

"I have had a great time in Wolfsburg up to now and will give everything in the coming months to ensure we reach our goals for the season," said Gentner.

"It was not an easy decision, but it was ultimately a personal wish of mine to move back to Stuttgart."

New Stuttgart boss Christian Gross, who recently replaced the sacked Marcus Babbel, is delighted his club have lured a player of his calibre back to the club, who are also suffering a faltering season.

"Christian Gentner is a valuable new signing for the summer," said Gross. "He is an international player and knows Stuttgart very well."

Stuttgart director of sport Horst Heldt added: "Christian is looking forward to coming back to Stuttgart and we are looking forward to having him back."