Wolfsburg have completed the signing of Tottenham Hotspur youngster Ismail Azzaoui for an undisclosed fee, the club has confirmed. Azzaoui, 17, has left White Hart Lane to sign a five-year contract with the German club having failed to make a single appearance for the first team. He joins Wolfsburg to help fill the void left by Kevin de Bruyne, who joined Manchester City for a club record fee of £55m ($84) on Sunday 20 August.
A short statement from the Premier League side read: "We have reached agreement with VfL Wolfsburg for the transfer of Ismail Azzaoui. The 17-year-old joined our Academy full-time in the summer of 2014 having previously been at Anderlecht, and has represented us in the league at both Under-18 and Under-21 level, as well as in the FA Youth Cup. We wish Ismail well for the future."
Sporting director Klaus Allofs says he club are not yet sure whether he will join the first team squad right away or link up with the club's youth ranks, but expects him to become a regular in Dieter Hecking's side this season. "We've been following Azzaoui's progress for a long time now," said Allofs on his club's website.
"He's a young player with plenty of potential who we expect to break into our first-team in the mid-term. We will get a more precise and complete picture of his current level over the next few weeks and will then decide which of our teams [first team or reserves] he will begin playing in."
Azzaoui joined Spurs in summer 2014 fter coming through the ranks of Anderlecht, where Adnan Januzaj also emerged before joining Manchester United in 2011.
The youngster hinted earlier this week that a move away from White Hart Lane could be on the cards, tweeting: "Need to make a big decision, no easy to decide."