Swiss hot-shot Derdiyok returns to Leverkusen
Champions League hopefuls Bayer Leverkusen announced Friday they have signed Swiss international striker Eren Derdiyok on loan until the end of the season, ending his dispute with employers Hoffenheim.
The 25-year-old had been reduced to training with Hoffenheim's reserves after being part of a group of players banished from the first team last season.
Derdiyok challenged his exile at an industrial tribunal on Wednesday in Mannheim, Germany, and his transfer now ends his dispute with Hoffenheim, where he is under contract until 2016.
Having played for Leverkusen from 2009 to 2012, Derdiyok can look forward to Champions League action with Leverkusen, who have draw Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Sociedad in Group A.
"Leverkusen is the right club for me to start again, I have always felt very comfortable here," said Derdiyok.
"I know the majority of the team and we play in the Champions League, so this is a great challenge.
"I'll give everything to make the next year successful."