• Thursday Jan 30, 2014

    Mexico’s Andres Guardado loaned to Bayer Leverkusen

    Mexico international Andres Guardado (pictured) was loaned by Valencia to Germany's Bayer Leverkusen on January 30, 2014. (Photo: Mexsport)

    LEVERKUSEN, Germany -- Bayer Leverkusen announced Thursday the acquisition of Mexican international Andres Guardado from Spain’s Valencia on a loan through the end of the current season.

    The winger joined the La Liga side in May 2012 on a four-year deal from Deportivo La Coruña.

    "Andres Guardado is a very experienced player,” said Bayer 04 sporting director Rudi Voller.  “He was a regular player in Valencia and has played with the club in the previous season in the Champions League, in his national team, he is a steady presence.

    “Andres because of his versatility exactly fits our requirements.  We are convinced that he will give a boost to our team again.”

    Guardado, who has appeared in 99 internationals and scored 14 goals for Mexico, expressed his satisfaction with the switch. 

    "The offer from Leverkusen was a great opportunity for me to start something new,” said the former Atlas standout.  “The Bundesliga has a fantastic reputation in Spain.  There is something special for me to be able to get to know this great European league after the Primera Division. 

    “Bayer 04 for years has been a top German top team and a strong presence in the Champions League. I am so glad that it worked here with the change.”

    The 27-year-old has played in four FIFA World Cup games (one in 2006 and three in 2010) and appeared in 14 matches during the Tricolor’s campaign for a place at Brazil 2014. 

    In the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final, Guardado scored the second goal for Mexico in its 4-2 win over the United States.

    Bayer Leverkusen has an option to make the move permanent after the loan period ends.

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