June 18, 2013 / 11:13 AM / 4 years ago

Bittencourt leaves Dortmund for Hanover

Borussia Dortmund's Leonardo Bittencourt celebrates a goal against Freiburg during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match in Dortmund March 16, 2013.Ina Fassbender

BERLIN (Reuters) - Teenage prospect Leonardo Bittencourt has left Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund after agreeing on a four-year deal to join Hanover 96, the Bundesliga clubs said on Tuesday.

As part of the deal, Dortmund retain an option the buy back the attacking midfielder when his contract at Hanover expires.

The 19-year-old German, who joined Dortmund from Energie Cottbus in 2012, made five league appearances last season, scoring once, and also played one game in the run to the Champions League final.

Bittencourt, who is of Brazilian descent, has also played for Germany at several junior levels including the Under-21 team.

Hanover finished ninth in the Bundesliga, missing out on a Europa League spot after three seasons of continental football.

Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by John O'Brien

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