Posted February 06, 2014

Fabian Johnson to leave Hoffenheim after current season

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U.S. defender/winger Fabian Johnson, left, will be playing for a new club next season. (Uwe Anspach/DPA/AP)

After the World Cup, Fabian Johnson will have some decisions to make.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim confirmed to the official Bundesliga website that Johnson, the U.S. left back and winger who is presumably going to be part of Jurgen Klinsmann’s 23-man World Cup roster, will be headed to a new club after the conclusion of this season.

Johnson’s contract expires at season’s end, and instead of remaining at the club he has been at since 2011, he will be off to a new destination. 

Hoffenheim had reportedly been hoping to extend Johnson, currently recovering from a broken hand, with a new deal, but to no avail. At 26, Johnson could theoretically increase his worth with a strong showing in Brazil, setting himself up for a solid pay day. As an out-of-contract player, he’ll also have the flexibility to sign in or out of the summer transfer window, should he elect to take his time finding a new landing spot.

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In the meantime, Johnson has the next three months at Hoffenheim, which sits in 11th place but just four points clear of the Bundesliga relegation zone, to state his case both to Klinsmann and potential club suitors that he is worthy of both a plane ticket to Brazil and a nice new post-World Cup contract.

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