Hamburger SV have signed Czech international centre-back David Rozehnal from S.S. Lazio for €5m with the 29-year-old brought in as cover for Alex Silva who suffered a knee injury in early July.
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Hamburger SV have signed Czech Republic centre-back David Rozehnal from S.S. Lazio for €5m. The 29-year-old has signed a three-year deal and joins HSV after one full season in Serie A, having played 28 league matches for Lazio in 2008/09.
"David fits the profile we were looking for," HSV coach Bruno Labbadia said. "He has two strong feet, is very fast and has international experience." Rozehnal added: "I'm looking forward to playing for HSV, they have great fans and I'm looking forward to the Bundesliga as well. I have talked a lot with [HSV midfielder] David Jarolím over the past few days and he has told me only positive things about the club."
Rozehnal is expected to replace Alex Silva in the centre of the HSV defence following the Brazilian's recent cruciate ligament injury. HSV kick off their UEFA Europa League campaign against Denmark's Randers FC in the third qualifying round on Thursday. They will be without new signings Marcus Berg, who is struggling for fitness, and Eljero Elia, who is out for about three weeks after bruising his right knee and injuring his patellar tendon. Rozehnal has also played for Newcastle United FC, Paris Saint-Germain FC and Club Brugge KV after starting his career with SK Sigma Olomouc. He has been capped 56 times by his country and represented the Czech Republic at UEFA EURO 2008™ and the 2006 FIFA World Cup.