Hanover land Borussia Dortmund youngster Bittencourt

Reuters, Tuesday 18 Jun 2013

Leonardo Bittencourt leaves Dortmund for Hanover 96 on four-year deal

Hanover's Bittencourt (Photo: Reuters)

Teenage prospect Leonardo Bittencourt has left Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund after agreeing on a four-year deal to join Hanover 96, the Bundesliga clubs said on Tuesday.

As part of the deal, Dortmund retain an option the buy back the attacking midfielder when his contract at Hanover expires.

The 19-year-old German, who joined Dortmund from Energie Cottbus in 2012, made five league appearances last season, scoring once, and also played one game in the run to the Champions League final.

Bittencourt, who is of Brazilian descent, has also played for Germany at several junior levels including the Under-21 team.

Hanover finished ninth in the Bundesliga, missing out on a Europa League spot after three seasons of continental football.

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