Werder Bremen signs Croatian defender Pavlovic

Werder Bremen has signed defender Mateo Pavlovic from Croatian

first division side NK Zagreb.

The Bundesliga club says in a statement that the 22-year-old

Pavlovic, a Croatia youth international, has agreed a deal until

June 2016.

Bremen director of football and scouting Frank Baumann says the

club has been watching the player for a long time and that ”he is

a young, talented center back who has a lot of potential and meets

our requirements.”

Pavlovic says he is ”very happy to take the next step in my


Pavlovic has nine caps for Croatia’s under-21 team.