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Leverkusen sign goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky from Eintracht Frankfurt

Bayer Leverkusen have announced the signing of goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky from Eintracht Frankfurt on a free transfer.

Hradecky, whose contract with Frankfurt is set to expire in June, has signed a five-year deal until June 2023.

The 28-year-old started all 40 games for Frankfurt in the Bundesliga and the German Cup this season, helping his side win the latter on Saturday.

“We’re very happy to have strengthened our team with an outstanding goalkeeper,” enthused Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Völler. “Lukas Hradecky is an excellent Bundesliga keeper, has international experience and was an absolute leader in Frankfurt. He demonstrated his quality impressively in the Cup final.”

Hradecky becomes the third Finn to turn out for Leverkusen, following former Liverpool centre-back Sami Hyypia and current striker Joel Pohjanpalo.

“It’s an important step in my career,” said the 36-cap Finland No.1. “Bayer are a major player in the Bundesliga; the team plays beautiful attacking football and is a regular in European competitions. I’m sure we can achieve a lot together in the coming years.”

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