TSG 1899 Hoffenheim announced new professional contracts for U23 players Justin Che and Umut Tohumcu on Wednesday.
|Justin Che.||Photo: TSG Hoffenheim|
Che - A German-American prospect who once trained on the FC Bayern Campus - is considered a top prospect with an estimated market worth of €3 million. Tohumucu has scored five goals and registered five assists for the TSG reserves in their Regionalliga. Both players are also eligible to represent Germany.
"Umut and Justin have attracted attention during the winter training and have earned this step," TSG trainer André Breitenreiter noted in a statement on the club's website, "We always have our eyes open for such developments. For me, it's all the more pleasing because TSG's philosophy, which also matches my own as a coach, is manifested in these moves."
"These decisions are emblematic of our path, which we are pursuing consistently and with full conviction," TSG personnel boss Alexander Rosen added, "It was, is and will remain an essential part of our identity to promote young players in an environment that is virtually optimal for talent and to prepare them for professional football. This is the credo we've have always lived by."