Hoffenheim has signed Belgium Under-19 goalkeeper Koen Casteels for an undisclosed fee from Belgian club Genk.

The 19-year-old has penned a four-year contract, the Bundesliga outfit announced on its website Monday.

"We are pleased that we could secure the services of Koen Casteels, a highly talented young goalkeeper,'' general manager Ernst Tanner told www.achtzehn99.de.

"He is recognised as one of the top talents in Europe.''

Hoffenheim is going into the new season under a new coach, Holger Stanislawski.

It hopes to improve on its lackluster performance last season, when it finished 11th in the 18-team Bundesliga.