Kevin Wimmer has returned to Bundesliga on a season-long loan move to Hannover 96.

Stoke City centre-back Kevin Wimmer is set to play in the German top flight next season after completing a season-long loan move to Hannover 96.

The Bundesliga club parted with a £1.3million loan fee and an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season will set them back £10.6million.

Wimmer is not looking forward to the prospect of returning to the Britannia Stadium after his English Premier League nightmare with the Potters and Tottenham Hotspur, and is hoping he impresses Hannover enough to seal a permanent deal.

“I really hope I’ll get a hold of this and not have to go back to Stoke,” Wimmer told German publication Kicker.

The Austrian international signed a five-year deal worth £18million for Stoke City last summer, but he failed to make any impression from the get-go.

The 25-year-old featured in 17 league games, with his last appearance coming in the 3-0 loss to Manchester United in January.

Wimmer was placed on a special fitness regime when new manager Paul Lambert arrived in January, but he failed to get up to speed with the program and did not play a single match under him as Stoke eventually suffered relegation to the Championship.

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