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 Post subject: Gebre Selassie signs for Werder
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Czech Republic right-back Theodor Gebre Selassie has completed a move to Bundesliga side Werder Bremen. Die Grünweißen reported that they had made a successful bid for the player and that once his national team had completed their matches at Euro 2012, the player would complete the move.

Following the Czechs' elimination at the hands of Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal last night, Gebre Selassie - reportedly attracting interest from 'major' European clubs after impressive performances in Poland and Ukraine - joins Werder from domestic side Slovan Liberec, where he was a league winner this season.

The 25 year-old signed a deal which ties him down until the summer of 2016 and Werder's executive director Klaus Allofs was all too happy to speak out. "We are delighted that we were able to convince Theodor to join Werder Bremen despite the multitude of offers he had received. He's a very talented right-back who confirmed our initial good impression with his strong performances during the European Championships," said an evidently delighted Allofs to the press this morning.

One other club who were a supposed destination for Gebre Selassie were Werder's northern rivals Wolfsburg. The financially backed Saxony side also had a bid accepted according to reports, and had plans to move captain Christian Träsch back into his preferred central midfield role. It would appear now that Werder manager Thomas Schaaf will now be able to use his own captain in a more favoured role, as the signing of the pacy Gebre Selassie allows Clemens Fritz to move up to right midfield.

After some impressive performances for his national team this summer, it will be interesting to see how well Gebre Selassie can adapt to the demands of the Bundesliga. Needless to say, Werder fans will be hoping it is a seamless transition.



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