Borussia Dortmund have confirmed that they have completed the signing of Gonzalo Castro from Bayer Leverkusen, after reportedly meeting the midfielder’s €12 million buy-out clause.
The Germany international has agreed a four-year contract with BVB and admitted that while he is hoping to take his career to another level at Signal Iduna Park, it will be a wrench to leave the BayArena.
“I wanted to give a new impetus to my career,” Castro stated. “But it was no easy decision.
“I had a fantastic time in Leverkusen all these years. The club will be in my heart forever.”
BVB sporting director Michael Zorc believes that Castro, who had a year to run on his Leverkusen contract, will prove a valuable and versatile addition to the squad.
“We’re delighted,” he added. “In Gonzalo Castro we’ve acquired an experienced, technically adept midfielder who can play in a number of positions.”
Castro had been a regular in the Leverkusen line-up since breaking into the first team in 2005 and made 285 Bundesliga appearances for the club, scoring 21 times in the process.
Dortmund have been looking for reinforcements in midfield, with Ilkay Gundogan set to be sold this summer after refusing to extend his contract, which expires in 2016.