Hanover - Hannover 96 have bolstered their defence by signing 26-year-old Brazilian centre-back Marcelo from Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven.

The defender, who came through FC Santos’ youth system before moving to Poland with Wisla Krakow, and the Netherlands with PSV Eindhoven, has signed a contract at Hannover until June 2017. He will join up with his new team-mates at training on Tuesday, after their season-opening victory against VfL Wolfsburg.

Modern centre-back


His new coach at Hannover 96, Mirko Slomka described himself as “very pleased that Marcelo has chosen to join us”, before praising his latest recruit: “He has all the attributes that a modern centre-back requires: he’s strong in the tackle, has a physical presence and reads the game well. He showed in the friendly between us and PSV in the HDI-Arena a few weeks ago just how good he was.”

Marcelo made 91 appearances during his stint for PSV Eindhoven, hitting the net five times and he lifted the Dutch Cup in 2011/12, his first season at the club. Now, he is looking to take the next step in his career with the Reds."I would like to first thank everyone at PSV for three wonderful years I spent there," he said.

Bundesliga is the best


"Everyone welcomed me very well and I thank you for caring and by the way I was welcomed there. I will leave several friends in Eindhoven and I will continue rooting for the success of the club."

"I always had the dream of playing in the Bundesliga. It was a long way to get here with stints in Poland and in the Netherlands but I think I'm prepared to face the challenge of the Bundesliga. At this moment, the Bundesliga is one of the biggest championships in the world and I will work hard to help Hannover to achieve important results."