Bremen - Danish international defender Jannik Vestergaard has joined SV Werder Bremen on a three-and-a-half-year contract from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
The 22-year-old, who has made just one league start for the Sinsheim club this season, put pen to paper on a deal until 30 June 2018 after completing a medical on Tuesday afternoon.
'Experience and potential'
"We want to continue developing the team and were in need of a player of Jannik Vestergaard's calibre," said Werder head coach Viktor Skripnik, who has already bolstered his squad this month with the loan signings of Koen Casteels and Levin Öztunali, as well as the permanent capture of SpVgg Unterhaching keeper Michael Zetterer. "He's strong in the centre of defence, has a great physical presence and is tactically very astute." Sporting director Thomas Eichin was equally pleased to have recruited a player still developing at the highest level. "We've had our eyes on him for a long time now and were all in agreement that Jannik Vestergaard has the perfect blend of experience and potential, which we will look to build on in the future," said the 48-year-old. "He has the ability to be a key player for us."
Vestergaard has a German mother and a Danish father, but opted to represent Denmark in August 2013. He has made two international appearances, the most recent of which was in a 2-0 friendly win against Romania in November last year. He made 81 appearances in all competitions for Hoffenheim and scored six goals, including the winning strike in the 2012/13 relegation play-off second leg against 1. FC Kaiserslautern. Bremen get their league season back underway at home to Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
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