Official | Ritsu Doan joins Freiburg for €9m

Bundesliga side Freiburg have this morning announced the signing of 24-year-old Japan international Ritsu Doan from PSV on a long-term contract.

The Dutch club will receive a reported €9m for the attacking-midfielder, who completed his medical on Monday.

“The talks with Freiburg were intensive and convincing. I first got to know the club as a strong opponent with loud support from the stands, so I’m looking forward to being part of it myself and coming back to the Bundesliga,” Doan told the club’s website.

Sporting director Klemens Hartenbach added: “Ritsu has really good technical skills, is difficult to predict in one-on-one situations and also has an eye for goal. He brings a lot of energy and knows where to be on the pitch.

“It is nice that the move has finally happened after a year-long delay. Ritsu showed in Bielefeld that he has what it takes to play in the Bundesliga and we’ll need him to demonstrate that again for us.”

Doan spent the 2020/21 season on loan at Arminia Bielefeld before returning to PSV, where he scored eight and created one in 24 Eredivisie games last season.

The Japan international is Freiburg’s third signing this summer following the arrivals of Matthias Ginter on a free transfer and Daniel-Kofi Kyereh from St. Pauli for €4.5m.


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