Florian Grillitsch returns to Hoffenheim after difficult season at Ajax

Florian Grillitsch has officially rejoined Hoffenheim on a free transfer after experiencing a difficult season with Ajax. The Austrian midfielder has signed a three-year deal with the Bundesliga club that he left last year to join Ajax. His adventure in Amsterdam didn’t exactly go to plan, as the Dutch giants finished the campaign without any silverware and missed out on Champions League qualification for the first time since 2009.

Grillitsch, who previously played for Werder Bremen, featured just 18 times last season. 10 of those games came under Alfred Schreuder, who was sacked by Ajax in January, and eight of those games came under John Heitinga, who was recently relieved of his duties. Grillitsch struggled to make an impact at the Johan Cruyff Arena. The 27-year-old Austrian international failed to make a single goal contribution. During his previous five season spell at Hoffenheim he played 151 times scoring eight goals and providing 11 assists.

Florian Grillitsch is delighted to be back with the Bundesliga club. Speaking to their official website the central midfielder said ‘I’m really happy to be here again. In recent weeks I have been fortunate to have many options to choose from regarding my sporting future, and I chose Hoffenheim very consciously and with conviction. I have always maintained contact with many people at the club and I know exactly what it takes to be successful here.’

GBeNeFN Hugo Hargreaves

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