Vladimír Darida, whose contract at Hertha was due to expire next summer, has moved to Aris FC in Greece after a seven and a half year spell in Berlin. Both clubs agreed the transfer on Wednesday (14/12/22). “Vladi came to us and said that he’d like to move abroad for a new challenge. He’s shown that he bleeds blue and white over his long seven-year stint here, and so he deserved this opportunity,” stated Fredi Bobic.
“It’s been a pleasure”
Our managing director for sport and communication stressed how much respect everyone at the club has for the former Czech Republic international. “Vladi is a model professional. He has always given his best for this club and provided us with so many great moments over the years. On top of that, he’s a great guy too. We would like to thank him for his efforts at Hertha BSC and wish him and his family all the best for the future. We will definitely give him the chance to say goodbye to our fans at a home game at the Olympiastadion – we’ll find a suitable date as soon as we can,” added Bobic. Darida himself said: “My family and I have always felt right at home here in Berlin. Hertha BSC will always have a special place in our hearts. Now is the right time for a change for me, I want to experience new things in a different country. I would like to thank all Hertha fans for their support over the years. It’s been a pleasure.”
190 appearances across four competitions
The 32-year-old midfielder joined Hertha in 2015 from SC Freiburg and went on to play 190 games in all competitions for the club, scoring 16 goals. Darida featured 170 times in the Bundesliga (13 goals) and also appeared in the DFB-Pokal, the UEFA Europa League and the relegation play-off. Before retiring following EURO 2020 last summer, the Pilsen-born man won 76 caps for his country and scored eight goals.