Hamburg SV have confirmed the signing of Sparta Rotterdam defender Rick van Drongelen on a five-year deal.

The 18-year-old, who can play at either centre back or on the left of defence, underwent his medical in Germany on Thursday before putting pen to paper on his five-year contract. Sparta Rotterdam receives around €4 million for the youngster, who can through their academy.

Van Drongelen debuted in the first team in 2015 and has been a regular ever since, playing an important role as they retained their Eredivisie status last season. Overall, van Drongelen made 49 appearances for Sparta, scoring three goals.

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