FC Nürnberg have secured the services of FC Union Berlin central defender Florian Hübner next season. The 30-year-old departs Köpenick on a free.
Florian Hübner will head down to Bavaria and down to the second division next season after Nürnberg snatched him up a free. This was confirmed by both clubs Friday evening. Hübner serves die Eisernen for three seasons, helping them achieve promotion to the top flight after the 2018/19 campaign.
Hübner, the slightly younger of former FC Kaiserslautern striker and Eintracht Frankfurt sporting executive Bruno Hübner's two sons, has played the bulk of his 188 professional football matches in the second and third divisions. Brother Benjamin still plays for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
Florian hadd been considered expendable, perhaps becoming more so after an alleged racism incident directed at Leverkusen's Nadiem Amiri in January. FCN sporting director Dieter Hecking took the opportunity to comment when announcing the signing.
"It was important to us that the accusations were groundless," Hecking said in a statement, "Through my conversations with the protagonists [Amiri and Cedric Teuchert], this impression has been confirmed."
Nürnberg complete their second division as a mid-table club. Hecking has nevertheless already signed two central defensive reinforcements for next year. Christopher Schindler from Huddersfield Town was acquired earlier in the week.