KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Julian Green will be making the move from Bayern Munich in the January transfer window as the team announced that he will be heading to 2. Bundesliga team VfB Stuttgart.
The 21-year-old has agreed to a contract with the team that will run until June 2019.
"New challenge! After great years @FCBayern, I'm really looking forward to the new club, the teammates and the city," Green wrote on his Twitter page after signing his contract.
Green joined Bayern Munich's youth development team and in November 2013 he signed his first professional contract. He went on to make his debut for the Bavarians later in that month when he came on as a substitute in their UEFA Champions League game against CSKA Moscow.
In September 2014, the Tampa, Florida-born attacker spent an unsuccessful loan at fellow Bundesliga team Hamburg before returning to Bayern, where he was demoted to the reserve team the following season.
Entering the 2016-17 Bundesliga season there was much speculation as to what would happen with Green as Carlo Ancelotti came in to take over the team from Pep Guardiola. However, the youngster made an impression during the preseason which included a hat-trick against Inter Milan during Bayern's tour of the United States. This and other performances earned him a spot on the first team.
Despite the success of making the first team, Green would find it hard to get playing time as defending Bundesliga champions are packed with a strong line-up in the attack. He would only make two appearances for the them this season in the DFB-Pokal, scoring his first professional goal in the team's 3-1 win over Augsburg.
Now at an age where most players are already making inroads and playing regularly, Green will be looking to do the same as he tries to get his professional career off the ground and gain the attention of US national team head coach Bruce Arena.
With the addition of Green to Stuttgart's ranks, this could also boost their chances of returning to the Bundesliga after being relegated last season. The team currently sit in third place in the 2. Bundesliga standings.