One day before the start of the Bundesliga season, Hertha BSC is still working on the midfield line-up. Jurgen Ekkelenkamp’s departure from Berlin is as good as sealed. As the ‘Telegraaf’ reports, FC Brugge have agreed with the old lady on a fee of five million euros for the 22-year-old midfielder.
Ekkelenkamp is expected for a medical check-up with the Belgians next weekend. In Brugge he is supposed to absorb the departure of Charles De Ketelare to AC Milan. The sale of Ekkelenkamp for Hertha can be coped with both sportingly and economically.
The old lady transferred three million euros to Ajax Amsterdam last summer. Ekkelenkamp only partially convinced in his first season in Berlin. After numerous appearances in the first half of the season, the Dutchman played an increasingly minor role as the season progressed. Ultimately, the midfielder played 22 games and scored three goals.
Clear the way for Boëtius
The Berliners have already found the right successor. Jean-Paul Boëtius is set to take Ekkelenkamp’s place in midfield. The 28-year-old, whose contract with Mainz 05 expired at the end of June, has already reached an agreement with Hertha.