1. FC Union Berlin have completed the signing of Yunus Malli from Wolfsburg until the end of the current season. The new number 18 for Union will be available from Sunday's friendly match at home to St. Gallen.
The 27-year-old attacking midfielder was born in Kassel and developed in the academy of Borussia Mönchengladbach. He joined Mainz in 2011 and became a key player in the Bundesliga. Malli played 43 times for the German youth national teams but made his debut for Turkey's first-team in November 2015 and has gone on to play 25 times.
In January 2017, Malli signed for Wolfsburg. However, in the current season, he has featured just twice in the UEFA Europa League. After 197 games in the Bundesliga, 36 goals and 25 assists, he joins Union in the look for game time. The Köpenick club does not have a purchase option in the loan contract.
"I'm happy the transfer to Union has worked out and I look forward to the challenges ahead. Union delivered a strong Hinrunde, now it is up to us as a team to continue on this path and to keep our Bundesliga status as a whole. In the first half of the season I was personally unhappy with my game time, so I would like to get back on the pitch regularly and contribute to the success of the season. I would like to thank all those responsible who have worked hard over the last few days," said Yunus Malli.
"With Yunus Malli we have added a player who can enrich the team with his individual qualities and make us even better as a collective. He is flexible in attack, has extensive experience in the Bundesliga and should give our attacking game greater creativity and variability. We are very pleased that Yunus has chosen us despite many other options and we would also like to thank VfL Wolfsburg for the opportunity to take the player on loan," added Oliver Ruhnert, Director for Professional Football at 1. FC Union Berlin.