1. FC Heidenheim have completed the signing of Tim Kleindienst for the fourth time.
|Tim Kleindiest.||Photo: Northside, CC BY-SA 3.0|
It all started in 2016 when a then 20-year-old moved 270 kilometers from Freiburg im Breisgau to Heidenheim. The first loan spell was enough for Heidenheim to keep tabs. He scored 7 goals in the 2. Bundesliga and returned to Freiburg, and after a couple of seasons was finally given a chance in the first team. He played 22 Bundesliga matches for 'Breisgau-Brasilianer' and in the summer of 2019, Kleindienst was bought for €3 million.
Kleindienst was profound back in Heidenheim, rallying the 50,000 populated town into the Bundesliga playoffs. He couldn't have done much more in the two legs against Werder Bremen, scoring two goals.
The native Jüterboger switched to the Belgian first division club KAA Gent last summer and there he was a neat player, competing in the first half of the Belgian Pro League season and also participated in Gent's Champions League and Europa League qualification matches. He totalled 23 appearances in Belgium with three goals and an assist in the process.
On deadline day in January 2021 he returned back to Heidenheim on a short-term loan and after 11 goals in 14 matches, FCH just couldn't let him go.
So far, nothing has been known about the transfer details. 1. FC Heidenheim only announced that they had reached an agreement with Gent.
Heidenheim sold Kleindienst for over €3.5 million in July 2020 and a year later may sign him back for significantly lower.