Kevin-Prince Boateng has returned to his roots, re-joining boyhood club Hertha Berlin on a one-year contract.
The 34-year-old returns for his fifth spell in the Bundesliga, having started his career with Hertha and spent time with Borussia Dortmund, Schalke and Eintracht Frankfurt.
The former Tottenham Hotspur, AC Milan and Barcelona attacking midfielder spent last season with ambitious Italian Serie B club AC Monza, together with Mario Balotelli, and only narrowly missed out on promotion to Serie A after losing the play-off final to Venezia.
“Kevin-Prince Boateng knows Hertha, the Bundesliga and Berlin,” said Hertha sporting director Fredi Bobic, who knows Boateng from their time together at Frankfurt. “He won’t need long to settle in. Prince’s leadership qualities are a great addition to our team, both on and off the pitch. He has also proven his skills as a player at the highest level for several years. Overall, everything about this transfer is right.”
The 2018 DFB Cup winner with Frankfurt is not only back in the Bundesliga, but also back in his home city of Berlin.
Boateng grew up in the district of Wedding and, after breaking into the Hertha first team in 2005, he moved to the English Premier League in 2007, joining Spurs.
The much-travelled midfielder also played for Portsmouth, Las Palmas, Genoa, Sassuolo, Fiorentina and Besiktas before re-uniting himself with former Milan president Silvio Berlusconi at Monza last season.
“It’s no secret that I’d always been eyeing a return to Hertha BSC,” admitted Boateng, who will wear Hertha’s No.27 shirt. “The fact that it’s finally worked out makes me very proud. I’m eager to get started, and to play in front of a sold-out Ostkurve at the Olympiastadion with the lads.”