It’s official now, as of Tuesday morning, that midfielder Eljero Elia has now signed a four-year contract with Werder Bremen. The German club will pay an initial 5.5 milliono euro transfer fee to Juventus, with the possible addition of up to 2 million euros more in fees, dependent on performance clauses achieved by Elia and Werder Bremen in the upcoming season.
Elia told Werder Bremen’s official website
I actually had several offers from England and from the Bundesliga. However, I settled on Werder because I have very good feelings here.
Werder are an offensive team and that will suit me. The Bundesliga is one of the strongest leagues and I’m looking forward to the season.
The teams are more attacking here and my strengths will be better suited. It was difficult in Italy, where the teams are very concerned about a stable defence
Reports of Elia moving to Werder Bremen this season have been circulated in recent weeks, especially in light of the player’s inability to make an impact with Serie A champions Juventus last season, and with the player taking his medicals and in camp with his new club, all looked done and dusted. A snafu with his Juventus contract, delayed the Dutchman’s official signing.
The 25 year-old began his professional career with Dutch club ADO Den Haag in 2004, and in 2007 joined FC Twente, where he scored 14 goals in 62 Eredivisie matches. In June, 2009, Elia signed a five-year deal with Hamburger SV on a transfer fee of 8.5 million euros and featured in 63 matches in all competitions, scoring 8 goals with 11 assists in his two seasons with the red shorts. Elia has also earned 26 caps with the Dutch national team.
For an indication of how Elia may tactically fit into Thomas Schaaf’s starting XI, see Niklas Wildhagen’s recent analysis.