Freiburg are close to signing Austria under-21 defender Philipp Lienhart from Real Madrid, confirms Christian Streich.
Lienhart, 20, has been an impressive regular for Madrid’s Castilla side since joining the Spanish capital side from Rapid Vienna in 2015, making one senior appearance in the mean-time.
Links to a move away from Santiago Bernabeu have been present this summer and it is now understood that a deal with newly promoted Freiburg is almost complete.
Streich told Sky Sport that a deal was in the latter stages and that Lienhart’s experience in the Real Madrid set-up will give his side an extra option.
“It will work, and that’s great,” he said. “He’s an Austrian U21 player who has been at Madrid for some time and learned a lot there.
“He’ll join us highly motivated. Those are the right ones for us, those who still must and want to learn a lot.”
The young defender will follow Fede Valverde (Deportivo) and Enzo Fernandez (Alaves) out of Castilla this summer.