Felix Wiedwald’s former teammate Fin Bartels has told the German media the goalkeeper’s departure to Leeds United was very unfortunate.

Last month Wiedwald signed for Leeds United after two seasons with the German club.

Speaking to, the Werder Bremen forward was asked if he was surprised about Wiedwaild leaving Werder Bremen to join Leeds United: “Yes definitely. I find his departure very unfortunate – especially for personal reasons. It is always unfortunate when a friend leaves the club. But this is just football business.”

Wiedwald recently signed for Leeds United on a three year deal, but there has been controversy in the German media with regards to his move to England.

It’s been suggested the 27 year old was forced out of the Bundesliga side, after it became known Jiri Pavlenka would be the club’s first choice next season. The Czech international signed for Werder Bremen this summer from Slavia Prague.

Subsequently Wiedwald asked to leave Werder Bremen to find regular first team football, and the player signed for Leeds United for an undisclosed fee. The goalkeeper will expect to be first choice next season for Leeds United and be full of motivation to show Werder Bremen they were wrong.