Kruse to join Fenerbahce

Werder Bremen captain Max Kruse has decided to join Turkish Super Lig giants Fenerbahce when his contract expires over the summer.

The 31-year-old was in his second spell at the Green-Whites having originally come through the youth ranks more than a decade ago before returning in 2016.

Kruse has netted double figures in each of his past three seasons in the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen.

Werder Sporting Director Frank Baumann made the announcement on the club’s official website, saying:

“We always stressed that that we wanted to continue working together with Max. However, he has come to the decision to search for a new challenge after three years at Werder. We respect this wish. It was important for us to have some security in our planning for next season. This is now ensured and we are certain that we will have a strong squad for the 2019/20 season,. Max came to Bremen at a time when it wasn’t clear that a player of his quality would want to join the club. He has helped shape Werder’s last three years, given the team character and played a decisive part in the development of the club.”

The striker commented that he enjoyed his last three years at the club:

“I really enjoyed playing for the club for three years and proudly captained the side too – that will always be a great memory for me.”

Max Kruse joined VfL Wolfsburg as a 17-year-old. He would make his Bundesliga debut two years later but spend most of his time with the reserves before transferring to St Pauli ahead of the 2009-10 campaign.

The striker helped the Hamburg-based club gain promotion in his first season with the club but would only score twice in 33 top flight appearances as St Pauli were relegated the following season.

SC Freiburg took a chance on the striker for the 2012-13 season and Max Kruse would repay them with 11 goals in 34 appearances. It would prove to be his sole campaign as Borussia Monchengladbach recruited his services the following summer.

After scoring 23 goals in 66 Bundesliga appearances for Gladbach he joined VfL Wolfsburg for the 2015-16. However, his time at the Volkswagen Arena would only last one season having scored just six times in 32 league outings. From there he returned to Werder Bremen to successfully revive his career.

Max Kruse also has four goals in 14 appearances for the German national team.