DFB Cup winners Eintracht Frankfurt sign two players for midfield and defence.
From Real Madrid, Lucas Torro comes to the Main. The 23-year-old defensive midfielder turned out for CA Osasuna in LaLiga2 last season before moving back to the current UEFA Champions League winners. The 6-foot-9 Torro made 37 appearances for Osasuna, scoring one goal and providing the assist for five others. "Lucas is a classic six-pointer and very well trained. He has played for Real Madrid since the U19s and also gained professional experience at Real Madrid Castilla and Real Oviedo," said Sporting Director Fredi Bobic, who expects the player to have long-term prospects at Eintracht. The Spaniard will receive a five-year contract until 2023. Torro will in future wear the shirt number 16.
Centre-back Evan Obite N'Dicka is moving to Frankfurt from AJ Auxerre. The France U20 international made twelve appearances in Ligue 2 last season. "Evan is 18 years young, but very mature for his age. He has good footballing skills, is very quick and has a strong header," said Bobic. "Auxerre is known for its good youth work, so we are also getting a tactically well-trained player." The left-footer has come through all of France's national under-16 teams and will also receive a five-year contract at Eintracht. N'Dicka will receive the number2 at the back.
In addition to these two new arrivals, however, there is also a farewell: Kevin-Prince Boateng will leave Eintracht Frankfurt.
Sporting director Fredi Bobic today complied with the player's request to terminate his contract. "I already agreed with Prince when he signed on that we would not put any obstacles in his way later on if he had a desire to change. That desire is there now because he wants to play where his future centre of life is, so of course I keep my word."
The 31-year-old will play for Italian first division side US Sassuolo next season. Boateng moved to the Main from UD Las Palmas last season and won the DFB-Pokal, the fourth title of his professional career. Kevin-Prince Boateng has already been Italian champion and Supercup winner with AC Milan and won the English League Cup with Tottenham Hotspur.
"With the cup win, the circle has closed for me in Germany and I leave Eintracht with a positive feeling. It was an outstanding year for me and I will never forget my time in Frankfurt. My thanks go to my teammates, the coaching team, the team behind the scenes and the sporting management, especially Fredi Bobic and of course the fans for their great support."
In 31 Bundesliga and five DFB Cup games, he scored six goals and provided the assists for two others. "We have a lot to thank Prince for. He was an outstanding leader, both humanly and athletically, and we wish him and his family all the best for the future," said Fredi Bobic. "Kevin-Prince Boateng leaves Eintracht and the Bundesliga as a winning type. The league is losing a real face and one of its most dazzling figures." (Eintracht Frankfurt Fussball AG)