Borussia Dortmund announced on Monday that Jakub Blaszczykowski has moved to VfL Wolfsburg on a permanent deal. The 30-year-old midfielder has signed a three-year contract with the Wolves. According to a report from German sport magazine Kicker, the Black and Yellows will receive a €5 million fee for the Poland international.
Kuba had spent last season on loan at Fiorentina, but, due to numerous injuries, only appeared in 20 matches for La Viola, which explains why the club didn’t make use of an option to buy the Pole for a modest €6 million fee.
The winger, who had joined Borussia from Wisla Kraków in 2007, was a stalwart on the right side of BVB’s midfield, playing 197 matches for the club in the Bundesliga.
Hailed as the “Polish Figo” when he arrived as a 21-year-old, it took “Kuba” a few years to really get going at Dortmund. He played a major part in both Championship winning seasons under Jürgen Klopp and had his best statistical season in 2012/13, where he scored eleven and assisted another 13 goals in just 27 Bundesliga matches. He also started 10 games during the club’s amazing UEFA Champions League run that year.
Injuries took their toll on Blaszczykowski over the last years. A torn anterior cruciate ligament just six minutes into the Rückrunde of the 2013/14 season saw him out for more than six months, during recovery training he suffered a muscle injury that added another lengthy pause.
Kuba had a bit of a revival at Euro 2016, where he was Poland’s most impressive outfield player, scoring against Ukraine and Switzerland but unfortunately missing the decisive penalty in a shootout against eventual champions Portugal.
Strong performances in France meant he likely didn’t suffer from a shortage of suitors, with Wolfsburg offering him the chance to stay in Germany. He brings much needed experience and quiet leadership to the Wolves and should have a good shot at regular playing time on the right wing with Portugal international Vierinha moving to right-back on a more permanent basis.
A fan favourite in the Westfalenstadion, Kuba will be missed as a player and even more so as a person, but his departure won’t affect Dortmund’s season in any major way. He would probably have been buried on the depth chart, so it’s the best for everyone involved that he seeks this opportunity elsewhere.