HSV sign Léo Lacroix on-loan

The 26-year-old centre back has moved to HSV on a temporary basis from Saint-Étienne, with an option to make the move permanent.

Hamburger SV have ended their search for a central defender by loaning Léo Lacroix from Saint-Étienne. The 6’6” Swiss defender, who has roots in Brazil, successfully passed his medical at the UKE Centre in Hamburg on Thursday evening and signed a contract for the coming season in the Volksparkstadion on Friday. HSV also have the option to make the move permanent. Sporting director Ralf Becker has said, “Léo is a towering centre-half who offers an outstanding physical presence. He fits our requirements perfectly. We are therefore delighted to welcome him onboard”.

Léo Lacroix was born on 27th February 1992 in the French-speaking part of Switzerland in the city of Lausanne and began his football career playing for the youth team of local side FC Lausanne-Sport. After a stint at ES FC Malley LS, Lacroix then moved to Swiss first-division side FC Sion where he made his first-team debut in 2010 aged only 18 where he also went onto win the Swiss Supercup in 2015. In 2016, the defender completed a move to AS Saint-Étienne in the top tier of French football and made 31 Ligue 1 appearances. Lacroix was loaned out to FC Basel for the second half of last season and played the full 90 minutes of both legs in the Champions League round of 16 tie against Manchester City. Lacroix has also played a total of 10 Europa-League games for FC Sion, AS Saint-Étienne and FC Basel collectively and appeared for the Swiss national team at U18, U19 and U21-level whilst currently being an option for the senior national team. Lacroix will join up with the team for training for the first time today.