Augsburg confirm two signings
Petrzela and Bance sign but Molders suffers broken ankle
By Thomas Zocher. Last Updated: July 8, 2012 8:35pm
Aristide Bance: One of two new arrivals at Augsburg
FC Augsburg have bolstered their attacking options with the double arrival of winger Milan Petrzela and striker Aristide Bance.
Czech Republic international Petrzela, 29, has penned a three-year deal after a fee of around £350,000 was agreed with Viktoria Plzen.
Manager Markus Weinzierl told the club's official website: "Milan Petrzela has had the ultimate desire to feature in the Bundesliga and we are delighted to offer him this opportunity and welcome him to our club."
"Milan received several offers from various clubs around Europe. We are extremely pleased he has opted for our club in the end. He is a good attacking player."
Meanwhile, Burkina Faso international Bance returns to the German top flight having completed his move from Dubai outfit Al-Ahli, also signing a three-year contract.
The 27-year-old former FSV Mainz forward cost Augsburg £450,000, and Weinzierl believes he adds "flexibility" to their frontline.
"I am very happy this deal has gone through," he said. "We have not just strengthened our striking force with the arrival of Aristide Bance, we have also further increased the flexibility of our attacking options."
Bance revealed his delight upon his return to the Bundesliga: "It is a great moment to return. I am very happy to know FC Augsburg has handed me this opportunity. It's great to play in Germany again."
The club have suffered an injury setback, however, with the news that striker Sascha Molders suffered a broken ankle in training this week and will miss the opening months of the season.
Augsburg general manager Manfred Paula confirmed: "Sascha sustained a broken ankle in training. It is almost impossible to comfort Sascha, he is feeling very low.
"He will be back on his feet in some months. Maybe he will be able to help us in the last couple of matches before the winter break."