FC Augsburg and Andreas Luthe have mutually agreed to terminate the goalkeeper’s contract. Andreas Luthe requested that his contract be terminated shortly before preseason training began. FCA granted the request and the 33-year-old will now join 1. FC Union Berlin. Fabian Gieder is also leaving the club.
“I had open and honest talks with club executives, in which they outlined FCA’s plans for the future – plans which I can understand,” said Andreas Luthe. “I see this as the right time to start a new chapter in my career, so I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to FCA’s directors for granting my request. I would also like to thank the coaching staff, my teammates and the fans for the last few years, which I’ll remember fondly. I wish FCA continued success in the Bundesliga.”
“Andi Luthe has earned our cooperation regarding his request,” said Stefan Reuter, sporting director at FCA: “We thank Andi Luthe for his commitment to FCA in recent years and wish him nothing but the best for both his professional career and his private life.” Andreas Luthe joined Augsburg from VfL Bochum in summer 2016 and has played 29 Bundesliga games for FCA.
Another FCA player bids farewell in Fabian Giefer. The newly-promoted second division side Kickers Würzburg have agreed an immediate transfer deal for the 30-year-old goalkeeper. Both clubs reached a nondisclosure agreement regarding the terms of the transfer deal.
“I’m really looking forward to the Kickers, especially the challenges awaiting this young team both on and off the pitch,” said Fabian Giefer on the transfer: “I’ve made a lot of friends in Augsburg and I wish the lads at FCA all the best for the future. I think they can achieve a lot next season.”
“Fabian Giefer certainly had different expectations of his time here, as did we. But in sport not everything goes to plan – changes and transfers are a part of it. Fabian Giefer accepted and respected our decisions in a professional manner. That’s also what defines a pro athlete. For this reason we would like to thank Fabian for his commitment to FCA and our team, and wish him all the best in Würzburg,” said Stefan Reuter.