VfB announced today that Timo Gebhart has joined club from TSV München 1860. The nineteen year-old midfield talent was instrumental in the German U19 side's recent performance and ready for the challenge of the top-flight of the Bundesliga.
VfB sport director Horst Heldt said of the new signing:
"Timo passed the obligatory medical tests, which opened the way for the signing of the necessary paperwork. He had a number of interesting offers from other Bundesliga clubs but we are delighted that Timo opted for VfB."
In speaking of his new club the new man said:
"VfB is a super club with great tradition. In recent years, many young players have made their breakthrough here and, for that reason, I was determined to go to VfB."
Known for his versatility, he was asked of what his preferred position is:
"I'm a young player and I'm new to the club so I don't want to begin making demands. I'll play wherever the trainer puts me. I most enjoy playing in central midfield though."
He won't be a complete stranger to VfB clubhouse, adding:
"I've played together with Manuel Fisher in a number of international youth team selections and I know Christian Träsch from 1860 Munich."
Finally after referring to the example of Roberto Hilbert and Martin Lanig who came up through Bundesliga 2, he was asked of accepting a similar challenge to move up to VfB:
"Yes! Both players managed the leap from the second division to the Bundesliga with VfB. I will do my all and work hard every day in training to try and achieve the same feat."
"It has always been my goal to play in the Bundesliga. I made the decision to move to VfB because they have put so much fate in young players. I wish to develop my strengths here in Stuttgart and, step-by-step, make my way into the first team."