Bayer 04 have signed Spanish goalkeeper Andrés Palop Cervera from Sevilla on a free transfer. The 39-year-old penned a contract to 30 June 2014.
Palop won the UEFA Cup in 2007 with Sevilla and he established an excellent reputation as a goalkeeper during his time in Spain.
“I’m very happy to get the chance to play abroad again after so many years in the Primera Division. The Bundesliga is attracting players from all over Europe. And, of course, Leverkusen are particularly attractive to me as a top German side and a team in the UEFA Champions League,” reported Palop.
Bayer 04 sporting director Rudi Völler was very pleased with the signing. “With Michael Rensing on his way out, we were looking for an experienced second keeper who we could slot in if Bernd Leno is sidelined for any reason. I also think Bernd can benefit in training as well. Andrés Palop was just the right man.”
Bayer 04 managing director Wolfgang Holzhäuser is particularly impressed with the European pedigree of the shot-stopper: “With Andrés Palop, we are integrating part of the Spanish goalkeeping school into our club. It’s well known they are leading the way in Europe alongside Germany. Andrés Palop has featured in the top third of the goalkeeper rankings in Spain for years and he can bring his huge experience to bear for the benefit of the club. So we see him as a great addition to our squad,” added Holzhäuser.