German midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has sealed a move to Serie A side Lazio as expected after reaching an agreement with former club Stuttgart to rescind his contract.
The former Aston Villa man, who was dubbed ‘Hitz the Hammer’ during his time in England due to his powerful shooting ability, had slowly drifted out of the picture at the Bundesliga outfit. And despite his current deal running to June 2010, both parties agreed to a cancellation that allowed the 27-year old to complete the switch.
Hitzlsperger spent four and a half years with Die Roten and managed to break into the German national side, but decided that it was time to move on and Lazio swooped to conclude a deadline day deal.
Stuttgart’s general manager, Horst Heldt, spoke on the matter via Stuttgart's official website, saying, “Thomas [Hitzlsperger] was a player who identified himself with the club very much, and it was not easy for us to let him go, but we respect his decision nevertheless.
“We hope Thomas has much success at his new club and we thank him for his achievements with VfB Stuttgart.”
Hitzlsperger himself also discussed the reasons behind his desire to move on, adding, “I look forward to this new challenge. It is a privilege to play in to top European league and I look forward to the city of Rome.”