After being returned to Bayer 04 Leverkusen, where he had to suffer the indignity of not being assigned a tricot number, Germany's red company team and newly promoted Werder Bremen announced that they had hammered out an arrangement for the permanent transfer of Mitchell Weiser on Friday evening.
|Mitchell Weiser||Gert Zander CC-BY-SA 3.0|
Germany's main sporting tabloid has reported that the issues with the permanent transfer stemmed from negotiations between Weiser and Leverkusen on the dissolution of his active contract. The former Germany U21 international was rumored to have a high annual salary, accordingly, sought a severance payment from Bayer before signing a lower salary set of working papers with Bremen.
Precise details of the final arrangement are not known at this time. It has been confirmed that Weiser terminated his contract with Bayer and signed a new one to play in the Hanseatic city-state. Werder did not disclose the length of the new contract. No transfer fee is due after the B04 contract was dissolved.
"We are pleased that we were able to get transfer done," SV manager Clemens Fritz explained on the club's website, "We needn't emphasize his qualities. He played a major role in our promotion last season and we are convinced that, with his experience in 140 Bundesliga games, he will continue to play a key role in the team this season."
"I have felt very comfortable at Werder from the beginning and am pleased that I can now continue on for the long-term," Weiser himself added in promotional statements released by the club, "Werder in the second division was already something special with these fans and I'm excited how it will now be in the Bundesliga."
Weiser scored two goals and added two assists in 24 second division appearances last season. By all accounts, it looks as if Werder's squad planning for the coming season is complete as Weir's right wingback/fullback position was the last major area of need.