Entering the first winter! HSV is snapping up Bundesliga talent – and wants to add more soon

The sun hadn’t even risen over Sotogrande on Saturday when the HSV newcomer suddenly appeared on the carpet. Shortly before eight in the morning, Noah Katerbach arrived at the team’s headquarters in Andalusia, and less than three hours later he was already training with his new teammates. A great start for the 21-year-old left-back, who is on a guest pass at the moment and will come on loan from 1. FC Köln until the summer.

Katterbach is HSV’s first winter addition and closes a construction site on the defensive. Behind the left was the staffing level Tim Leipold’s departure to Sporting Kansas City So thin, Meru Muhaime was almost peerless there. Now HSV reacts quickly.

HSV coach Boldt: Katterbach is the left-back solution

“Because of the void created, we wanted to find a quick, but above all good, left-back position,” said sporting director Jonas Boldt. “With Noah Katerbach, we are now acquiring a player who, with his skills, provides the best possible conditions to meet our complex requirements. His strength of play will help us develop and a very good education as much as his great experience, which he already brings with him despite his young age.”


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Katerbach gained the necessary maturity in Cologne, at the age of seven he moved to FC. He also made his debut there in the fall of 2019 at the age of 18 in the Bundesliga and has already played a total of 40 top-flight matches in Germany. As the competition from former national player Jonas Hector (32) was overwhelming, a loan to FC Basel followed exactly a year ago. Caterbach had problems there this season (only six league matches) – and was therefore available for HSV.

In Spain, the Hamburg squad also benefited from physical proximity to the current Under-21 international, who was staying with Basel in Marbella, just 40 kilometers from Sotogrande. The region on the Mediterranean coast is currently one of the biggest soccer hotspots in Europe, with many consultants and rowdy clubs based here. Caterbach’s decision paths were too short.

HSV boss Boldt made Katterbach’s deal perfect

Boldt seized the opportunity. After brief negotiations, talks broke out on Friday evening. Saturday morning Caterbach was on the carpet. However, the deal is not yet final, and a written installation is missing. However, there is a clear verbal agreement between Cologne, Basel and HSV.

“HSV convinced me very quickly that I had to make a change,” explains the 34-time junior national player, who has played through every DFB junior team from U16 onwards. I am happy that I can start right away and get to know the team both on and off the field and I want to use my strengths to achieve mutual success.”

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Katterbach is just the first deal HSV has made this winter. There is still an intense search for a centre-back to replace Mario Voskovic, who was suspended for doping. Francisco Montero of Besiktas Istanbul, who turned 24 on Saturday, is being talked about heavily in the Turkish media in particular. The Spaniard appears to be well in the running for the vacancy in Hamburg. Boldt will dedicate himself to the task more intensively from Sunday – then the 40-year-old will leave Spain early.

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