Wolfsburg have announced the signing of Montpellier defender Nicolas Cozza (24) on a four-and-a-half year deal for a reported €500k fee. The former U21 French international has left his formative club amid tensions with MHSC president Laurent Nicollin. Cozza, grandson of first-ever Montpellier skipper Jean-Louis Besson, rejected a contract extension last summer and wanted a way out. Montpellier had no choice but to cash in on him this winter transfer window rather than letting him go on a free this summer, when his contract was due to expire. A versatile defender, able to play centre-back or left-back, Cozza played seventeen Ligue 1 games this season, scoring two goals and registering one assist.
Neuzugang aus Frankreich: Unsere Wölfe verpflichten Nicolas #Cozza! Wir freuen uns auf dich, Nicolas! 🤩💚#VfLWolfsburg pic.twitter.com/bWvoen8cBz
— VfL Wolfsburg (@VfL_Wolfsburg) January 25, 2023
Coincidentally, Cozza is set to replace former Montpellier man Jérôme Roussillon at Wolfsburg with the latter signing for Union Berlin this January. “Nicolas is a player who has made great progress in recent years,” said Wolfsburg sporting director Marcel Schäfer. “He has a good basic tactical understanding and is known for producing high-quality football, which he delivers on a consistent basis despite his young age. We’re looking forward to having a versatile and promising player who will enhance our team.” Cozza will wear the #8 jersey with Bundesliga’s seventh-placed outfit. Two days ago, Wolfsburg humbled Hertha Berlin 5-0 in the German capital for Bundesliga gameweek 17.
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