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Bremen take Elia back to Germany

Published: Tuesday 10 July 2012, 13.30CET
Eljero Elia is hoping to force his way back into the Netherlands squad after joining SV Werder Bremen on a four-year contract from Juventus for a reported €5.5m fee.
Bremen take Elia back to Germany
Eljero Elia trains with his new club ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 10 July 2012, 13.30CET

Bremen take Elia back to Germany

Eljero Elia is hoping to force his way back into the Netherlands squad after joining SV Werder Bremen on a four-year contract from Juventus for a reported €5.5m fee.

Eljero Elia has joined SV Werder Bremen from Juventus for a reported €5.5m fee.

Dutch international winger Elia, 25, has signed a four-year contract, and Bremen could be due a further €2m depending on the club achieving certain goals this season. A former ADO Den Haag and FC Twente player, Elia has been capped 26 times and was part of the Netherlands squad that reached the 2010 FIFA World Cup final. He joined Juve a year ago from Hamburger VS but only managed five appearances for the Italian champions, missing out on UEFA EURO 2012.

Sporting director Klaus Allofs said: "We are happy to have him here with us at Werder Bremen. He is already taking part in training."

Elia added: "I know the league very well. The Bundesliga is among the best leagues in the world. The crowds are very big and the competition is also of a very high standard. Hopefully I can contribute to the club's success and move into the reckoning for the Dutch national team again through good performances with Werder."

Last updated: 10/07/12 13.35CET

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