The Borussia Dortmund U23s will again have several departures to contend with over the summer break, with a number of players set to join clubs from the Oberliga to the Bundesliga.
After four years in the BVB youth set-up, Patrick Osterhage will join VfL Bochum in the Bundesliga. One of the most prolific forwards, Taylan Duman, will also be leaving the Rote Erde and moving to 1. FC Nuremberg in the Bundesliga 2 ahead of the new season. Defender Henri Weigelt will remain in the Regionalliga but is changing regions and will play for TSV Steinbach Haiger starting from 1 July.
Malte Wengerowski will bring an end to his four-year spell with the Black & Yellows by moving home to Blau-Weiß Lohne. Left-back Migel-Max Schmeling is leaving BVB for SC Verl. Dominik Wanner is returning to his roots and will play for the FSV Mainz 05 U23s next term. Goalkeeper Krystian Wozniak, will no longer fulfils the U23 criteria, will be leaving BVB, as is Alaa Bakir, who is moving to a new club after eight years with Borussia Dortmund. Philipp Harlaß has requested that his contract be terminated.
"Krystian was a brilliant signing. Even though he never played, he always gave everything, was consistently loyal and worked so hard in training that none of the other goalkeepers could afford a dip in form," said the U23 sporting director Ingo Preuß of the departing shot-stopper. "We are also a little proud that in Patrick Osterhage and Taylan Duman, we will again see two players move to the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2," he added. "We'd like to thank all the players for their commitment and wish them every success with their new clubs."