Bun­desliga bags a Klins­mann

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

BER­LIN — The Klins­mann name made a re­turn to Ger­many’s top flight on Tues­day as Hertha Ber­lin signed the son of former United States coach and Ger­many striker Jur­gen Klins­mann.

Jonathan Klins­mann, 20, goal­keeper for the US Un­der20s team, has been given a con­tract after two weeks on trial with the Bun­desliga club.

Hertha plans to make Klins­mann ju­nior its third-choice goal­keeper, be­hind Nor­way’s

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Rune Jarstein and ex-Bay­ern Mu­nich stop­per Thomas Kraft, and he will gain ex­pe­ri­ence for the Un­der-23 team in the re­gional league.

“After break­fast, Michael Preetz (Hertha’s sports di­rec­tor) had a chat and said they had de­cided at short no­tice to of­fer me a con­tract,” Klins­mann said at Hertha’s pre­sea­son camp near Ber­lin.

“It was an un­be­liev­ably emo­tional mo­ment for me, be­cause the club has such a fam­ily his­tory. I’m look­ing for­ward to ev­ery­thing at the club, the city of Ber­lin and the chal­lenge of play­ing in Ger­many.”

His fa­ther, who en­joyed a glit­ter­ing ca­reer with Bay­ern Mu­nich, Monaco, Tot­ten­ham and In­ter Mi­lan, has been a Hertha mem­ber since 2004, while his grand­fa­ther was born close to Ber­lin and was also a fan of the club, which plays its home games at the city’s Olympic Sta­dium.

How­ever, Jonathan will be the first mem­ber of his fam­ily to see ac­tion in a Hertha uni­form.

“Jonathan con­vinced us with his abil­ity, charisma and am­bi­tion. He’ ll now set­tle with us and de­velop step by step,” said Preetz.

Klins­mann was voted best goal­keeper at the Un­der-20 CON­CA­CAF cham­pi­onship in Costa Rica in March when the Team USA won the re­gional ti­tle by beat­ing Hon­duras 5-3 in a penalty shootout.

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