Kjaer completes Wolfsburg switch
Wolfsburg have completed the signing of highly-rated Denmark
central defender Simon Kjaer on a four-year contract.
The 2009 Bundesliga champions are thought to have beaten a host
of European clubs to the signing of 21-year-old Kjaer, who moves
from Palermo for an undisclosed fee.
Managing director Dieter Hoeness told the club’s official
website: “Simon is not only a strong, aggressive defender, he also
has a good personality on the field.
“He has the qualities of a leader.”
Kjaer was pleased to have joined a club seemingly on the up
following the appointment of Steve McClaren as coach and the
capture of Germany international Arne Friedrich last week.
“The transfer means I have the chance to play for a top club,”
“I think this is the right step for me. We have a strong team
that can challenge at the top of the Bundesliga. First, I need to
secure a regular place.”
Kjaer has made 11 appearances for Denmark and was one of the few
players to impress for the Nordic nation at the World Cup in South
He joined Palermo from FC Midtjylland in 2008 and went on to
become one of the best young defenders in Serie A.
“We have seen him play on several occasions, most recently …
at the World Cup warm-up game against Senegal,” Hoeness added.
“It is no secret that we wanted to sign him in the January
winter break but Palermo were not ready, at the time, for the
“We are happy that it has all come together now and that he has