Incredible breaking transfer in Hütteldorf: after two years, Austrian international Deni Alar has returned to the Rapid fold with immediate effect! The 28-year old Styrian, who between 2011-2016 made 139 competitive appearances in Green & White (43 goals), has signed a contract until summer 2022. The club has taken advantage of a release clause in Alar's contract to sign him on favourable financial terms.
During his first spell at the club, Alar was a firm fans favourite. After a string of outstanding performances in Rapid's successful early European campaign which saw the Hütteldorfers qualify for the Europa League group stage, Alar went on to deliver glittering performances throughout the season, culminating in him being voted fans player of the season. Some tough knocks followed though, as he suffered two serious injuries - to his Achilles tendon in May 2013 and his foot in April 2014 - which halted his progress with the club and side lined him for the best part of a year. A move to Sturm Graz followed, where Deni regained full fitness and hit top form. For the past two seasons Alar has been second in the Bundesliga golden boot race, scoring 41 times in just 82 appearances for Sturm.
In the wake of injuries to Giorgi Kvilitaia, Andrija Pavlovic and Philipp Schobesberger, Fredy Bickel had already made public his intention to again dip into the market to recruit attacking reinforcements. On the arrival of Deni Alar, Rapid's sporting Director explained: "I'm extremely happy that Deni Alar is returning to SK Rapid. He’s a special attacker, a great finisher and a quality all-round footballer. He doesn’t only know the league, but also our club and will therefore have no problems quickly integrating into the squad. I hope that he’ll quickly pick up the form he has displayed over the past couple of seasons."