Armel Bella-Kotchap is leaving VfL Bochum for England after three and a half years with the pros. Southampton FC secure the services of the 20-year-old centre-back. Bella-Kotchap has signed with the Saints until 2026. His contract in Bochum would have expired in 2024. To FT-Information flows eleven million euros transfer fee.
Bochum’s sports director Sebastian Schindzielorz says about the transfer: “Its development has been followed with great attention not only nationwide, but also internationally. After eleven years in the 2nd Bundesliga and now two years in which the corona pandemic has also left its economic mark, VfL is advancing into unprecedented dimensions with its transfer. We can thus offer the club a broader financial foundation again.”
Bella-Kotchap has played a total of 73 competitive games for Bochum since his professional debut in August 2019 at the tender age of 17. In the past season, the 1.90 meter tall right footer often found himself on the bench during the middle of the season, but fought his way into the second half of the season at VfL.
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