RB Leipzig have signed Lazar Samardzic from Hertha BSC. The 18-year-old Germany youth international has signed a long-term deal at the club running until 2025. He will wear the number 20 with the Bulls.
Samardzic, born in Berlin, joined Hertha's youth academy aged seven from his youth side in Neukölln. He made Hertha's U17s side at the age of 15 and scored 40 goals and created a further 14 in 40 games across two seasons (2017/18 and 2018/19). The youngster moved up to the U19s in 2019 and went on to score 14 goals and assist another 16 in the Bundesliga North/Northeast.
The German was awarded with a bronze Fritz-Walter-Medal at U17s level in 2019.
Sporting Director Krösche:
- "Lazar Samardzic is one of the biggest German talents. Although a number of other European teams were interested in him, we were able to convince him to move to RB Leipzig. We believe Lazar can take the next step with us here."
New signing Lazar Samardzic:
- "RB Leipzig is a great club for young, hungry players. The team has been playing attractive and attacking football for many years now, and I think I will fit in well. I'm looking forward to meeting the team and I will do everything I can to integrate myself quickly. I hope that we will have a lot of success together in the future!"
- Name: Lazar Samardzic
- Date of birth: 24th February 2002 in Berlin
- Age: 18
- Nationality: German/Serbian
- Height: 1,84m
- Preferred foot: right
- Position: attacking midfield
- Shirt number: 20
- from 09/2020: RB Leipzig
- 07/2019 until 09/2020: Hertha BSC (U19s)
- 07/2017 until 06/2019: Hertha BSC (U17s)
- Youth clubs: Neukölln academy, Hertha BSC academy
- Bundesliga: 3 games
- Regionalliga Nordost: 5 games | 1 goal | 1 assist
- U19s Bundesliga North/Northeast: 16 games | 14 goals | 9 assists
- U17s Bundesliga North/Northeast: 40 games | 40 goals | 14 assists
- Germany youth sides: 18 games | 5 goals