What the sparrows have been whistling loudly from the rooftops of the capital for a long time is now officially dry: Hertha BSC has signed Marc Oliver Kempf from VfB Stuttgart. Both clubs confirmed this on Tuesday.
Kempf signs a contract with Hertha BSC until the end of June 2026. However, the Berliners announced that the mandatory medical check is still pending. The amount of the fee was not announced. The defender’s contract would have expired in the summer anyway.
The 26-year-old stayed with VfB Stuttgart at the training camp in Marbella until the very end, but has now left for Berlin to complete the health check.
Kempf was trained at Eintracht Frankfurt, but only experienced his breakthrough after moving to SC Freiburg in the summer of 2014. In 2018, the central defender moved to Swabia. So far, the former German youth international has played 110 Bundesliga games (9 goals).
From VfB Stuttgart to Hertha BSC: The relegation battle remains
In the meantime, the sporting starting point for Kempf has not changed in a big way. VfB Stuttgart is currently stuck in the bottom of the table in the German Bundesliga with just 18 points, but Hertha BSC is only four points ahead of VfB.
Certainly also, since the old lady has already conceded 42 goals in the course of the season, only bottom SpVgg Greuther Fürth has conceded more goals with 52. With Kempf, the defensive weakness should now be remedied.
Curious: Hertha’s sports director recently ruled out winter newcomers despite a flood of rumours.
But you still have “a very expensive squad that doesn’t live up to your expectations,” Bobic said clearly: “So if you ask how many players I’ll get during the transfer period in January, I’ll answer: ‘With what money? ‘” Bobic explained in an interview with the “Evening News“.