Official: Elia completes move to Werder Bremen from Juventus

The 25-year-old made just five appearances for the Bianconeri over the course of an unhappy one-year spell in Turin, and has competed his move to the Bundesliga side.
The 5.5 million euro transfer of Eljero Elia from Serie A champion Juventus to Werder Bremen has been confirmed by the two clubs.

The 25-year-old Dutchman has struggled to make an impact on Antonio Conte's first team since moving to Turin from Hamburg last summer, and had long been linked with a return to the Bundesliga.

"I actually had several offers from England and from the Bundesliga," Elia told Bremen's official website. "However, I settled on Werder because I have very good feelings here.

"Werder are an offensive team and that will suit me. The Bundesliga is one of the strongest leagues and I'm looking forward to the season. The teams are more attacking here and my strengths will be better suited. It was difficult in Italy, where the teams are very concerned about a stable defense."

Bremen confirmed over the weekend that Elia had successfully undergone medical checks, but the transfer was put on hold due to a contractual issue with Juve.

However, the Bianconeri and the player have now come to an agreement, and Elia has moved to the Weserstadion in a deal that will be paid over a two-year period.

ADO Den Haag, Elia's first club, will receive around 300,000 euros for its part in nurturing the Netherlands international's talent. He also represented Twente in his homeland.

Werder Bremen has also brought in Theodor Gebre Selassie and Nils Petersen this summer. has a new podcast! Goal Daily Podcast is a MUST for all Soccer fans and discusses the very latest news and views. What’s more when you sign up the service is FREE for the first month and you can cancel anytime.

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