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Bielefeld sign Castro for season's second half

By Peter Vice   @ViceytheSS

Arminia Bielefeld confirmed the pickup of former VfB Stuttgart captain Gonzalo Castro early on Tuesday evening. 
Gonzalo Castro.
Gonzalo Castro. Photo: Jeollo, Vfb-exklusiv.de, CC BY-SA 3.0
In confirmation of the reports emerging late last week, Arminia Bielefeld have opted to sign Bundesliga veteran Gonzalo Castro on a short-term contract. The 34-year-old will be on the DSC books at least through the end of the season. Should Bielefeld manage to avoid relegation, Castro will receive an extension.

"My time will be short, yet very intense," Castro said in a statement on the club website, "Lots of talks and activity on the training pitch. It will revolve around pushing the guys so that matters can hopefully continue in the same way its did [in wins] against Bochum and Leipzig."

DSC head-coach Frank Kramer noted that he looked forward to welcoming "a very good footballer equipped with lots of experience." Club sporting director Samir Arabi labelled Castro an "important leadership figure."

Bielefeld, along with most other Bundesliga clubs, will return to the training pitch on December 28th. Castro has not seen Bundesliga action since his contract was not renewed with Stuttgart at the end of last season.

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