Newly crowned Under-21 European champion Lukas Nmecha, who spent the first half of the 2019/20 season on loan with the Wolves, has joined the Green-and-Whites permanently from English champions Manchester City after signing a contract through to 2025. The 22-year-old forward has been handed the number 10 shirt at the Volkswagen Arena and will link up with his new team-mates at VfL’s training camp in Bad Waltersdorf, Austria, which begins on Sunday.
“Always convinced of Lukas’ qualities”
VfL sporting director Marcel Schäfer is delighted Nmecha has returned to VfL. “We were always convinced of Lukas’ qualities and continued to follow his path closely after his departure from Wolfsburg,” he said. “He’s taken the next step in his career at Anderlecht and improved emormously. He also showed with Germany’s Under-21 side how important he can be for a team on and off the pitch, taking on leadership tasks and leading by example despite being just 22 years old. We’re really pleased that in Lukas, one of the most promising German attackers is now with VfL on a permanent basis.”
Impressive last season
Nmecha himself is just as pleased to be back with the Wolves, saying: “I’m looking forward to seeing many familiar faces again and, above all, to finally show what I’m capable of. I was struck then as I am now with the path they’ve set out on here and have always followed VfL since I left. I want to do my bit to ensure the team continue to be successful and that we achieve our goals.”
Hamburg-born Nmecha made six Bundesliga appearances as well as five in the UEFA Europa League and one in the DFB Cup during his first spell in Wolfsburg, before playing 11 league games with English second-division side Middlesbrough. The striker was loaned to Anderlecht for the 2020/21 season, where he registered 21 goals and three assists in 41 appearances in all competitions.
The 1.85-metre striker won the Golden Boot at the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, netting four goals in six matches alongside future VfL team-mate Ridle Baku to clinch the trophy for Germany.