Leverkusen - Bayer 04 Leverkusen have taken Valencia CF's left midfielder Andres Guardado on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent move in the summer.

The Mexico international, who has represented his country on 99 occasions, could make his Werkself debut against VfB Stuttgart on Saturday.

"Great European league"

"The Bundesliga has a fantastic reputation in Spain," said the 27-year-old. "It's something special for me now to be able to play in this great European league having played in the Primera Division. Bayer have been a top side in German football for many years and they have also been a force in the Champions League."

"I'm therefore pleased that the transfer has worked out. This offer from Leverkusen was a great chance for me to start something new." The pint-sized wide player, comfortable in both a defensive and an attacking role on the left, was one of Leverkusen's leading targets this winter. "Andre Guardado is a very experienced player," said Leverkusen's sporting director Rudi Völler. "Given his versatility, Andres fits the bill precisely for what we were after. We are convinced he will give our team a further boost."