Championship outfit Middlesbrough have confirmed on their official website that midfielder Viktor Fischer has signed for Bundesliga side Mainz for an undisclosed fee.
The 23-year-old only moved to the Riverside Stadium last summer after coming up through the ranks at Dutch giants Ajax, where he earned 111 appearances for the senior side, bagging 33 goals and laying on 19 assists in the process.
And his fine form in the Netherlands saw Boro splash out £3.8 million on the youngster’s services last year, although he could only manage 16 appearances for the North East outfit in their ill-fated Premier League campaign last term, with a knee injury causing particular issues.
And although he still grabbed three assists in 13 league games for the club, only one fewer than the highest creator Alvaro Negredo, his short time at the Riverside Stadium has come to an end.
That’s because German outfit Mainz, who finished 15th in the Bundesliga last season, have secured his services for an undisclosed fee on a four-year deal.
New boss Sandro Schwarz takes over a team that only avoided the relegation play-off on goal difference last term, so clearly reinforcements are needed for them to pull away from danger next time round and establish themselves as a top-flight side.
And although Fischer didn’t always produce his best for Middlesbrough, there’s no doubting his quality in the attacking third, with his departure again signalling a changing of the times at the Riverside Stadium, as new boss Garry Monk continues to stamp his authority on the Boro squad ahead of the new Championship season.
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