Liverpool agree to sign Switzerland defender Degen

May 20th, 2008 - 7:57 pm ICT by admin  

London, May 20 (DPA) Liverpool made their first foray into the transfer market Tuesday when the English Premier League club agreed to sign Switzerland full back Philipp Degen from Germany’s Borussia Dortmund. The 25-year-old will officially move to Anfield on a free transfer when his contract with Dortmund expires July 1.

Manager Rafael Benitez, who is expected to make several new signings this summer, said he was delighted Degen had agreed to move to Liverpool.

“Philipp is still young but has gained great experience from playing in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund and on the international stage with Switzerland,” the Liverpool manager said.

“He also played in the Champions League during his time with Basel and so is used to top level football. He is an offensive player with great energy and a winning mentality. His strength is going forward and I am confident he will be prove to be a quality addition to our squad.”

Degen said he was looking forward to the challenge. “When I received the offer from Liverpool, there was no doubt I would accept it,” he said. “They are one of the biggest clubs in the world and I am looking forward to the challenge of establishing myself there and playing in the best league there is.”

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