AMSTERDAM – Hertha Berlin defensive handyman Alfredo Morales has rejected an extension offer from the promoted club to join 2.Bundesliga middlers FC Ingolstadt.
The 23-year-old Berlin native, who nodded the winner in Hertha's title-clincher this past weekend, says he knew it was time for new scenery.
"Ingolstadt is a young, up-and-coming club with great potential," Morales, who joined Hertha at age 10, told the club website after the deal was announced on Friday. "It was time for me to make a new step, I felt it in my gut. I want to do my part to help FCI continue moving forward."
MLSsoccer.com has confirmed that the US international also had an offer from relegated Greuther Fürth, while Berlin daily BZ reported on Wednesday that FC Cologne were in the picture.
In all, Morales worked 23 first team contests for Hertha, including eight in the Bundesliga last season.