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A new one for the relegation battle: Tolga Cigerci returns to Hertha BSC

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As expected, Hertha BSC got active again on the last day of the transfer period – and the club, with which a few names have recently been linked as potential additions, actually managed a surprise. Tolga Cigerci returns to Hertha.

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His previous club, the Turkish first division club Ankaragücü, has now confirmed the transfer. According to Turkish media, Hertha should pay 350,000 euros for the central midfielder. In the event of relegation, another 150,000 euros would be due.

Cigerci played for the Berlin Bundesliga team from 2013 to 2016. He appeared in 41 competitive games for Hertha and scored one goal. In the summer of 2016, Cigerci moved to Galatasaray Istanbul for three million euros. Later he was still under contract with Fenerbahce, with Basaksehir and since last summer with Ankaragücü.

Cigerci was an unrestricted leader in Ankara

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In Ankara, Cigerci, who will turn 31 in March, was the undisputed leader. Since his move, he has only missed one game in the Süperlig because he was suspended. In all the others he was in the starting XI. In September, the former German junior international also celebrated his comeback for the Turkish national team after six years.

Cigerci is not only connected to Berlin through his previous engagement at Hertha, but also through his brother Tolcay. He is under contract with the regional league club VSG Altglienicke.

With Cigerci’s commitment, Hertha’s transfer activities should not be over on the so-called Deadline Day. The “Kieler Nachrichten” reports that the Berliners have now made another attempt to sign Fabian Reese now. Hertha has already agreed with the 25-year-old offensive player on a free transfer in the summer. With Chidera Ejuke out indefinitely with a knee injury, the club still need a replacement for the attacking winger.

After the injury to Agustin Rogel, a central defender is also still on the wish list of the club, who parted ways with their sporting director Fredi Bobic at the weekend. However, defenders Jannik Vestergaard (Leicester City) and Marvin Friedrich (Borussia Mönchengladbach), who were last traded as possible additions, will not switch to Hertha BSC.

Source: Tagesspiegel

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