Wolfsburg signs Luiz Gustavo from Bayern Munich

Wolfsburg signed Brazil midfielder Luiz Gustavo from Bundesliga

rival Bayern Munich on Friday.

The 26-year-old Luiz Gustavo signed a deal through to 2018, the

Volkswagen-backed club announced.

”There is no question that he makes us better,” Wolfsburg

coach Dieter Hecking said. ”We want to move back toward Europe

with Wolfsburg, and for this we need players like Luiz


Both clubs agreed not to disclose the transfer fee. German media

reported that Wolfsburg was paying between 15 and 20 million euros

($20 and $27 million) for the Brazilian.

”I have professional and personal reasons to want to go away,”

Luiz Gustavo said before Brazil’s 1-0 defeat in Switzerland on

Wednesday. The player faced a struggle for regular playing time at

Bayern, which has further reinforced its star-studded midfield

under new coach Pep Guardiola.

He reportedly was also a target for clubs in England, Italy and


”Wolfsburg wanted me from the beginning. That’s one of the

reasons I’m here,” Luiz Gustavo said at his presentation.

”I am very happy to have made this decision and to be here now.

It’s like a new life for me and I’ll give everything for

Wolfsburg,” the Brazilian said. ”I’m really looking forward to

the challenge. Wolfsburg is a top club with a great concept and I’m

also happy to be able to stay in Germany. I feel very comfortable


Wolfsburg won the Bundesliga title in 2009 but has since

struggled to recreate that form. Last season, it finished 11th in

the 18-team top division.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge thanked Luiz Gustavo for

his two and a half years at the club.

”He won many friends in our club with his calm, always friendly

and very professional manner. You could always rely on Luiz Gustavo

and he played his part in Bayern’s treble last season,” Rummenigge


Luiz Gustavo joined Hoffenheim from Clube de Regatas Brasil in

2007, and Bayern paid 17 million euros ($23 million) for the

Brazilian in January 2011. He scored six goals and set up three

more in 64 league games for the side.

Luiz Gustavo joins up with compatriots Diego and Naldo at

Wolfsburg, and could make his debut against Schalke on


”I can imagine that he’ll be in the starting line-up. He’s in

the squad in any case,” Hecking said.

Luiz Gustavo has played 11 games for Brazil.