Norway captain Martin Andresen has extended his contract at Tippeligaen side Stabæk IF until the end of the 2007 season.
The midfield player was loaned to Blackburn Rovers FC for the first six months of 2003, and it was expected that Andresen would move to another foreign club after leaving England. But he opted instead to return to his native Norway and recently said: "It would now take an exceptional offer for me to leave Norway again."
On a busy day in the Netherlands, Willem II have signed 31-year-old goalkeeper Oscar Moens until the summer of 2007. The former Dutch international, who won two caps for his country, has been without a club since leaving Italian Serie B side Genoa 1893 in February. He succeeds Belgium goalkeeper Geert De Vlieger who is leaving Willem II at his own request.
Stam staying put
Elsewhere in the Eredivisie, Ronnie Stam has extended his contract at NAC Breda for a further year until 2007. The 19-year-old defender has played 21 times this season, impressing club officials. NAC general manager Theo Mommers said: "Ronnie had a contract until 2006, but we broke it open, improved it, and added another year to it."
NEC Nijmegen will be without Andrzej Niedzielan for the start of next season after the Polish forward underwent surgery on a groin injury. The 25-year-old is likely to be out of action for between two and four months, ruling him out of NEC's first UEFA Intertoto Cup match on 3 July.
In Scotland, Dundee FC received a double boost as captain Barry Smith agreed a new two-year contract and Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC's Bobby Mann put pen to paper on a two-year deal. "We're asking Bobby to step up another level, but I have no doubts that he has the skill and the mental toughness," said Dundee manager Jim Duffy.
Former Bulgarian international and current VfB Stuttgart assistant coach Krasimir Balakov has received the inaugural award for a distinguished Bulgarian working abroad. Bulgarian president Georgi Parvanov presented Balakov, widely considered one of the country's greatest ever footballers, with the award at a special ceremony.
Sunday's league game against Club Atlético de Madrid will be the last time Aitor Larrazabal wears the red and white shirt of Athletic Club Bilbao before retiring. The 32-year-old left-back has decided to put an end to his playing days with Athletic, a relationship that has spanned 22 years. Larrazabal joined the Basque club as a child and rose through the ranks to make his first-team debut in September 1990.
"Sunday's match will be the toughest game of my career," said Larrazabal, who will captain the side on his 390th and last appearance. "Athletic have made me who I am. I have spent 22 years here and I am grateful for everything I have learned season after season."
©UEFA.com 1998-2017. All rights reserved.