Wolfsburg sign Schlager

VfL Wolfsburg have competed the signing of Xaver Schlager from RB Salzburg.

The 21-year-old has signed a four-year deal at the Volkswagen Arena until 30 June 2023. Both clubs have agreed not to disclose details of the transfer.

Schlager joined Salzburg as a 15-year-old, making his debut at the age of 18 in May 2016. The central midfielder went on to score seven goals in 67 Austrian Bundesliga appearances for the champions. He also made 28 appearances in the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds and Europa League combined during his three years as a regular first team player.

Wolfsburg sporting director Marcel Schäfer was delighted with the club’s latest signing:

“We’re delighted to further strengthen our squad with Xaver. He’s a young, ambitious player looking to take the next step in his career. Despite his young age he already has experience at international level and, in addition to his footballing qualities, he’s perfectly suited to VfL Wolfsburg.”

Xaver Schlager has 11 caps for the Austrian national team since making his senior debut last year. He participated in the European Under-21 Championships in Italy and San Marino earlier this summer. Schlager is looking forward to testing his skills in Germany:

“I’m really looking forward to playing for VfL Wolfsburg and the challenge of playing in the German Bundesliga. I had a wonderful and successful time at Salzburg and I’ll forever be grateful to the club for that, but the time has come for a change. Wolfsburg offers a professional but family environment and I’m convinced it’s the best place for me to continue my development.”

Xaver Schlager won the Austrian Bundesliga in each of his four seasons in the first team at RB Salzburg. He also won the Austrian Cup three times.

The attacking midfielder is good at unlocking defences and maintaining possession for his side. He’s got a good passing range and can execute through balls. He’s an exciting signing for the Wolves but does lack consistency.

Schlager becomes VfL’s fourth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Kevin Mbabu (Young Boys), Joao Victor (LASK) and Paolo Otavio (FC Ingolstadt).