Bayern Munich youngster Frans Krätzig completes VfB Stuttgart loan move

Frans Krätzig
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Frans Krätzig has joined VfB Stuttgart on a season long loan deal, with the Swabians also seemingly securing an option to make the signing permanent for less than ten million euros.

Bayern Munich have made the decision to part ways with Frans Krätzig, at least temporarily, with the left-back making the switch to VfB Stuttgart. The 21 year old joins last season’s Bundesliga runners-up on a season long loan deal, with an option to make the signing permanent for a fee less than 10 million euros. Bayern will also receive a loan fee of around 500,000 euros for Krätzig.

Stuttgart are planning to use Krätzig as a back-up option for Maximilian Mittelstädt. Sebastian Hoeneß’s side will also be playing Champions League football next season, which could be an excellent next step in Krätzig’s development.

Krätzig spent the second half of the recently concluded season on loan at Austria Vienna, making a total of 17 appearances and registering one goal and three assists. He also featured sporadically for the Bayern Munich first-team during the hinrunde.

Bayern Munich sporting director Christoph Fruend said, "A lot happened for Frans last year, from his Bundesliga debut to his first professional contract with FC Bayern and then the second half of the season at Austria Wien – and it all started with his spectacular winning goal on the Audi Summer Tour against Liverpool. VfB Stuttgart now offer him the best opportunities to take the next step and further establish himself in professional football."

It remains to be seen whether Bayern Munich will have a buy-back option if VfB Stuttgart do decide to make the signing of Krätzig permanent at the end of next season.

Frans Krätzig becomes the second Bayern Munich youngster to join a Bundesliga club on loan this summer, following Paul Wanner's move to FC Heidenheim.