Aaron Hunt has left Werder Bremen after 13 years at the club and has joined the northern German side, Wolfsburg.
The midfielder has signed a three-year contract with the wolves after joining on a free transfer following his refusal in March to extend his contract at the Weserstadion.
After Bremen failed to secure European football, Hunt has been handed the opportunity to compete in the Europa League next year with Wolfsburg, according to BT Sport, and now seems the best chance to move on.
His long career with Bremen came to a valiant end earlier this month when he was awarded the Fair Play medal by the German Olympic Society after admitting he had dived in a previous match against FC Nürnberg.
He is one of the longest serving players for the Green and Whites and the 27-year-old leaves after winning the DFB Cup and the Super Cup in 2009, making almost 50 appearances in Europe and gaining three caps for the national team.
Although he hasn't been a regular go to choice for Joachim Löw, the German is a well respected player in the Bundesliga and is a favourable in Europe too having been linked with a move to the Premier League after announcing he would be leaving Bremen.
Despite his age, Wolfsburg coach, Dieter Hecking, believes that Hunt will bring a lot of valuable experience into his young side.
"He's just the type of player we were looking for. On top of that, he's got a lot of games under his belt both in the Bundesliga and international competition. That's valuable experience to add to our young team.
It has been a series of contrasting seasons for Werder and Wolfsburg. Just over a month ago, Hunt and his former side were hovering over the relegation zone and required a win in that notable match against Nürnberg to move away from the drop which they did, 3-0. In the end, they finished 12th after another disappointing year – making it three bottom ten finishes from the last four years.
It is hard to believe that just ten years ago, Bremen were top of the Bundesliga and were attaining regular Champions League football. Unfortunately they are not a club with a vast amount of wealth behind them and their poor showing in the past three years has spoilt their attraction as a major club.
VfL Wolfsburg on the other hand have had a much more promising campaign after moving from 11th last season to fifth this year, just missing out on the Champions League places.
Hunt becomes their second signing of the summer after they acquired right back, Sebastian Jung from Eintracht Frankfurt last week. The 23-year-old, who has also spent all of his career assigned to one club, sealed a move which will keep him here until 30 June 2018.
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