Freiburg - Werder Bremen have made SC Freiburg's their first new signing for the 2013/14 Bundesliga campaign.

The 29-year-old midfielder activated a release clause in his contract with Freiburg to sign up on a three-year deal at the Weserstadion, valid through to 30 June 2016.

Long-term target

Bremen sporting director Thomas Eichin said of the transfer, "Cedrick has long been on our radar. He's a versatile player who has developed extremely well at Freiburg and possesses the kind of maturity we need. We're delighted he has chosen to come to Bremen."

Newly-appointed head coach Robin Dutt was equally pleased to be able to welcome on board the DR Congo international, whom he previously coached at Freiburg, saying, "He's a gifted attacking player with good defensive qualities as well. His experience in the Bundesliga will be very valuable to us."

Reunited with Dutt

Makiadi himself expressed his enthusiasm about the new challenge upcoming, explaining, "I had four happy and successful years in Freiburg and I'm grateful for that. But Werder are a great club and I wanted to take this opportunity to assume responsibility in a young team. The fact that Robin Dutt is now the coach is also encouraging, as he knows me and my strengths."

Makiadi, who has lived in Germany since the age of eight, joined Freiburg from VfL Wolfsburg in 2009 and went on to make 129 league appearances for the Black Forest outfit, scoring twelve goals. He has represented DR Congo 17 times to date, scoring twice.