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Palop makes Leverkusen move
Jun 03, 2013 8:51 AM EST
Bayer Leverkusen have completed the signing of Sevilla goalkeeper Andres Palop on a free transfer, the club announced on Monday.
The 39-year-old veteran has signed a one-year contract, bringing to an end to his eight-year stay at Sevilla.He was part of the side that won the 2007 UEFA Cup, and appeared 217 times in total for the Spanish side.
"I'm very happy to get the chance to play abroad again after so many years in the Primera Division," Palop told Leverkusen's official website.The Bundesliga is attracting players from all over Europe. And, of course, Leverkusen are particularly attractive to me as a top German side and a team in the UEFA Champions League."
Palop has been signed to provide cover for regular number one Bernd Leno, as current understudy Michael Rensing will join Fortuna Duessldorf on July 1."With Michael Rensing on his way out, we were looking for an experience second keeper who we could slot in if Bernd Leno is sidelined for any reason," Bayer sporting director Rudi Voeller added."I also think Bernd can benefit in training as well. Andres Palop was just the right man."
Managing director Wolfgang Holzhaeuser echoed those sentiments, and is delighted to acquire a player with extensive European experience."With Andres Palop, we are integrating part of the Spanish goalkeeping school into our club," he said.
"It's well known they are leading the way in Europe alongside Germany. Andres Palop has featured in the top third of the goalkeeper rankings in Spain for years and he can bring his huge experience to bear for the benefit of the club."So we see him as a great addition to our squad."