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Wenzel swaps Stuttgart for struggle

Published: Friday 9 January 2004, 10.40CET
VfB Stuttgart have allowed defender Timo Wenzel to move to relegation-threatened 1. FC Kaiserslautern.

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Published: Friday 9 January 2004, 10.40CET

Wenzel swaps Stuttgart for struggle

VfB Stuttgart have allowed defender Timo Wenzel to move to relegation-threatened 1. FC Kaiserslautern.

VfB Stuttgart have allowed long-serving defender Timo Wenzel to move to Bundesliga rivals 1. FC Kaiserslautern.

Famous goal
The 26-year-old has been with Stuttgart for ten years but wanted to move on because of limited first-team chances behind the defensive partnership of Marcelo Bordon and Fernando Meira. Wenzel, however, did score the winning goal for Stuttgart in their UEFA Champions League group stage match against Rangers FC in November which helped them qualify for the first knockout round

Magath sorry
Stuttgart coach Felix Magath was sorry to lose Wenzel, who has signed a two-and-half year contract with Kaiserlautern. "There comes a time in every player's career when it is better to move on. I suppose that time had come for Timo," Magath said. Kaiserslautern were in the market for a defender because Hany Ramzy and Hervé Lembi are injured and Lucien Mettomo and Bill Tchato will represent Cameroon in the African Cup of Nations.

Wenzel pleased
Kaiserslautern coach Eric Gerets said: "A German player is always very good to have. He can improve the understanding at the back." Wenzel was pleased with the move, even though his new club are struggling in 15th place in the 18-team Bundesliga. "I have come here because I want to help and I feel I can do just that," he said.

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