Dortmund sign Delaney from Werder Bremen

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The highly rated Denmark international has opted to stay in the Bundesliga with a lucrative move to Signal Iduna Park

Borussia Dortmund have completed the signing of midfielder Thomas Delaney from Werder Bremen for an undisclosed fee.

The 26-year-old has signed a four-year contract with BVB after a deal in the region of €20 million (£17.6m) was reportedly agreed between the clubs.

The Denmark international, who had been linked with a transfer to the Premier League, moves to Signal Iduna Park only 18 months on from joining Werder from Copenhagen.

"Borussia Dortmund have always had a top-class experience with Denmark internationals," sporting director Michael Zorc told the club's official website.

"Thomas Delaney is a physically and mentally strong player. He will enrich our game with his physical presence."

Delaney suggested he turned down approaches from England's top flight in order to join Dortmund.

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"It was always a big desire of mine to play in the Premier League, and I had offers," he said. "But when Borussia Dortmund were mentioned, I didn't have to think long.

"For me, BVB are one of the top 10 clubs in Europe and one of the top two in Germany - and the stadium is the best in Europe."

Delaney made 32 appearances in the Bundesliga last season, scoring three goals.