PSV have signed Daniel Schwaab on a free transfer from VfB Stuttgart. The 27-year-old German defender put pen to paper on a three-year contract on Monday afternoon. The contract of the former German youth international with VfB Stuttgart expired this summer.
‘Had a great talk with Marcel Brands’
Daniel Schwaab (born on 23 August 1988 in Waldkirch) is a versatile right-footed centre-back who can also play at right back. He spent the last three seasons with VfB Stuttgart and made 92 appearances for the 1. Bundesliga club. Schwaab will join up with his news PSV team mates when they jet off to Switzerland later this Monday afternoon for a pre-season training camp. “I was here two weeks ago for the first time and had a great talk with Marcel Brands. He convinced me to come and play here in Eindhoven. PSV’s style of football suits me and that’s why I have decided to make this move”, said Schwaab, speaking to PSV TV.
European U21 champions
Schwaab came through the youth ranks at SC Freiburg. He made his debut for the club in 2006, soon became a first-team regular and was crowned champions of the 2. Bundesliga with SC Freiburg. Schwaab then made a move to Bayer Leverkusen before joining VfB Stuttgart in the summer of 2013. Schwaab scored one goal in 188 1. Bundesliga appearances and found the back of the net five times in 91 2. Bundesliga matches. Schwaab played twelve Europa League games and also featured in the UEFA Champions League. He was a team mate of Mesut Özil, when he won the European Championship Under 21 with Germany in 2009. He made 24 appearances for Germany U21. Schwaab is PSV’s fifth German signing, after Horst Nussbaum, Horst Dieter Strich, Jean Willrich and Georg Koch.
Brands: ‘Daniel has been on our radar for a long time’
PSV director of football Marcel Brands presented Schwaab to the press at De Herdgang training facilities on Monday afternoon. He told the media that Schwaab had been on PSV’s radar for a long time. PSV got in touch with him to fill the void left by the departure of Jeffrey Bruma. “We have known Daniel for a long time, ever since he played for Bayer Leverkusen and was called up to the German national youth teams. He was sounded out by us about his interest in joining PSV when he was a Bayer Leverkusen player but at the time he preferred a move to VfB Stuttgart. We continued to follow him and we offered him a contract this summer. We are extremely pleased to have signed Daniel Schwaab”, said Brands.