Legend Hyypia agrees Germany switch

May 4, 2009 | Filed Under: Blog, UK Box Update 

hyypia-transfer After a 10 good tears at liverpool Finland defender Sami Hyypia has agreed to join German side Bayer Leverkusen from Liverpool on a two-year deal at the end of the season.

Hyypia, 35, underwent a medical in Germany on Monday and will link up with his new team-mates in the summer for the start of pre-season training.

He has spent a decade at Anfield after moving from Dutch outfit Willem II for £2.5m back in May 1999.

He was Liverpool’s captain for much of that season in the absence of the injured Jamie Redknapp and briefly held the post before the honour passed to England midfielder Steven Gerrard.

Hyypia also played in the team that won the Champions League in 2005 by beating AC Milan in a dramatic penalty shoot-out final in Istanbul.

However, recently he has had to compete for his place alongside two younger centre-halves in both Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel

Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia has revealed feeling wanted by German side Bayer Leverkusen persuaded him to agree a two-year contract.

The Finn will end a decade of service at Anfield when he moves to the Bundesliga in the summer.

Hyppia told the Leverkusen website: “The discussions with Bayer were very positive. They gave me the feeling they wanted to sign me.”

The main reason (for leaving) is I still think I’m young enough to play football and I know chances to play here would be limited,” the 35-year-old told Liverpool’s official website.

“I spoke to the manager (Rafa Benitez) and I didn’t want him to make promises about how many games I would play, but this season has been mentally very difficult. I haven’t played a lot and playing is what I enjoy most

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