Hoffenheim boss reveals Johnson will leave club this summerFebruary 6, 2014 • By Ives Galarcep
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U.S. National team defender/midfielder Fabian Johnson will be an important player for Jurgen Klinsmann at this summer’s World Cup, where he will also be looking to showcase his talents for potential suitors.
Hoffenheim manager Markus Gisdol revealed on Thursday that Johnson has informed the club that he won’t be re-signing, and will let his contract expire, making him a free agent this summer.
The timing could prove to be a windfall for a player Klinsmann has called one of the best fullbacks in the Bundesliga. Johnson has been a regular starter for Hoffenheim for the past two years, though injuries have cost him playing time this season.
Though there are no clear indications of just where Johnson might wind up, Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hertha Berlin have been mentioned as possible destinations.
Johnson would be the second U.S. national team player to leave Hoffenheim in the past year after Danny Williams left the club to sign with English League championship side Reading FC. American youngsters Joe Gyau and Russell Canouse are still on the books with the Bundesliga side.
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