Guido Burgstaller
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Striker Guido Burgstaller scored 31 goals and provided 13 assists in a total of 57 competitive games for FC St. Pauli. © Christian Charisius/dpa

Guido Burgstaller is leaving the second division football club FC St. Pauli.

Hamburg – The 33-year-old Austrian returns to his homeland to Rapid Vienna, as the Hamburg club announced. The striker had asked the club to let him out of his contract for family reasons. It was agreed not to disclose the terms of the transfer.

For him, “a time has come when other things in my life besides football are of greater importance,” explained Burgstaller in the statement. Sports director Andreas Bornemann regretted the striker’s departure, but also showed understanding. “Obviously, given the way Guido presented himself on and off the pitch, we would have loved to have gone into the coming season with him,” he said. Together they searched for a solution that was fair for all sides “and has now found it”.

His ex-club 1. FC Nürnberg was also interested in Burgstaller. According to media reports, the Franks should have offered a higher transfer fee than Rapid.

Burgstaller switched from FC Schalke 04 to Hamburg on a free transfer in 2020. In a total of 57 competitive games, he scored 31 goals and prepared 13 goals. dpa

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