Borussia Dortmund have completed the signing of 25 year old midfielder Sebastian Rode from Bundesliga rivals FC Bayern Munich. Rode has signed a four-year contract until June 30, 2020 for an undisclosed transfer fee after undergoing a medical check earlier today.
“Sebastian Rode is a dynamic and tough-tackling player with an extremely valuable character. We are very pleased to have secured his services,” said Borussia Dortmund’s Director of Sports Michael Zorc.
Rode started his career at his local youth side Viktoria Griesheim before moving to Kicker Offenbach via SV Darmstadt 98 in summer 2008, where he made his debut in the third division. Rode turned out for Germany from under-18 to under-21 level (12 appearances, one goal). In 2010 he signed for Eintracht Frankfurt before leaving on a free transfer to Bayern Munich in 2014.
“I’ve been a BVB fan since a child and am therefore delighted that a transfer to my favourite club worked out. Thomas Tuchel is a fantastic coach and I also know many of teammates as very strong characters and extremely great players. I am looking forward to the new challenge and my first home game in black and yellow at the Signal Iduna Park,” said Rode.
Sebastian Rode has a reputation of a robust and aggressive yet fair style of play. In his 99 Bundesliga appearances, he has only received 19 yellow cards.