Germany World Cup winner Kevin Grosskreutz has joined Bundesliga side Darmstadt on a two-year deal.
The former Borussia Dortmund utility man had been at Galatasaray – where he did not play one match – and Stuttgart over the last two years.
However on March 3 this year, his contract at Stuttgart was terminated after Grosskreutz had been in a fight in a German bar. At the time, he said he wanted “nothing to do with football.”
Manager Torsten Frings told his club’s official website: “I am very happy and proud that we have managed to get a player like Kevin Grosskreutz to Darmstadt and to convince him of our way.
“Kevin has an incomprehensible experience, is world champion and has played on an absolute top level. He’s going to be a very important building block for our team in the coming season.”
Grosskreutz added: “I can’t wait to play for Darmstadt 98. Torsten Frings made great efforts to get me and together with those responsible convinced me that this is the right step for me. Like at all my other clubs I will give it my all so that we can be successful.”
Darmstadt are strong candidates for relegation this season after claiming just two wins from their last 20 league matches which has left them stranded at the bottom and 14 points from safety with six matches remaining.