Augsburg bring in Lazio's Leitner

By Russell Greaves 31 January 2017 333
Augsburg bring in Lazio's Leitner

Moritz Leitner has brought an end to his underwhelming spell with Lazio by completing a return to Augsburg.

The midfielder has moved for an undisclosed fee, signing a deal until 2021 after a brief stint at the Stadio Olimpico that saw him make just two appearances.

Leitner, who only switched to Serie A in August, featured as a loanee from Borussia Dortmund in Augsburg's 2010-11 2.Bundesliga promotion season and is delighted to be back on familiar ground.

"My first spell at FCA, which was crowned with promotion to the Bundesliga, was terrific," the 24-year-old told the club's official website. 

"I only have positive memories of it so it quickly became clear to me that I wanted to take this opportunity to return to the Bundesliga.

"I'd like to thank everyone involved for their confidence and I look forward to getting to know the team and being able to wear the FCA shirt for a long time."

Augsburg sit 12th in the Bundesliga, with Manuel Baum's men having won 2-1 at Wolfsburg on Saturday.

Lazio also confirmed on Tuesday that left-back Vinicius Freitas had left for AEK Athens, while 20-year-old Joseph Minala has been sent on loan to Serie B outfit US Salernitana.

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