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.