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,”

he said.

“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

Africa.

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

change.

“We are happy that it has all come together now and that he has

chosen us.”