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Dutch international Luuk de Jong has signed for German side Borussia Mönchengladbach for a fee in the region of €15 million, following months of speculation linking the forward with a move to Die Fohlen.

Beginning his career with De Graafschap in 2008, de Jong took just 14 Eredivisie games to attract the attention of bigger Dutch clubs. Having already contributed vital assists and crucial goals – including a spectacular overhead-kick winner against Heracles Almelo in March 2009 – de Jong established himself as one of the country’s brightest young talents, and few were surprised when FC Twente swooped to sign the forward in April 2009.

Two assists on his debut, an 8-0 cup rout of SC Joure, set the tone for a prolific spell at the De Grolsch Veste stadium. Over the next three years, de Jong netted 39 times in just 76 league games – a strike rate of over one…

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