Berlin – Mitchell Weiser and Hertha BSC will go their separate ways at the end of this season. After three years in Berlin, the 24-year-old will join Bayer Leverkusen. “Mitch has decided to make this step. We accept his decision, thank him for his appearances in a Hertha BSC shirt and wish him well for the future,” said Michael Preetz this Tuesday. The transfer fee agreed between the clubs remains undisclosed. Julian Schieber is also moving on as his contract expires on June 30th after four years at the club. “Julian has been part of some emotional moments at this club but unfortunately his time has been thwarted by injuries. We wish him well and hope he stays fit so he can play for many more years at the highest level,” said Preetz. Both players will have an official goodbye before Saturday’s final game of the season at the Olympiastadion against Leipzig.
As a 20-year-old, Weiser joined Hertha in the summer of 2015 from Bayern Munich. He picked up an injury shortly after his move but, since then, he established himself as a key player and performer for the Blue-Whites. He has made a total of 85 appearances for Hertha, scoring eight goals and providing 16 assists. His performances saw him make the Germany U21s squad for the European Championships last summer where, alongside Davie Selke, Niklas Stark and new addition Lukas Klünter, the team went onto win the competition with Weiser scoring the winning goal in the final in a 1-0 victory over Spain. This season, Weiser has featured 24 times in the Bundesliga with one goal and four assists to his name. He has also played in five Europa League fixtures and two DFB-Pokal games (scoring once).
Schieber joined Hertha BSC a year earlier than Weiser and impressed from the get-go. After sixteen games in the 2014/15 season, he had scored seven goals and got one assist before picking up a serious knee injury. The long-term setback meant he only played seven times in the 2015/16 season. However, he continued his comeback and, in the following year, played 18 times, scoring thrice. Yet, in February 2017, the knee injury struck once again and ruled him out for 13 months. He made his comeback at the end of March in a 0-0 draw with VfL Wolfsburg. His brief appearance versus Köln was his 50th for the Blue-Whites in which he has a total of eleven goals and four assists.
Thank you Mitchell Weiser and Julian Schieber! Hertha BSC wish you all the best in the future!