Gronkjaer latest stop at Stuttgart

July 30, 2005

MADRID, July 29 (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid have agreed to sell Denmark winger Jesper Gronkjaer to VfB Stuttgart.

'It wasn't easy to make this decision but the offer from Germany was very interesting and perhaps life will be easier than here in Spain,' Gronkjaer told Atletico's website on Friday.

'I can speak German and the culture is more similar to that of Denmark's. Also I will be much closer to my family which is very important to me.'

The Spanish newspaper Marca said earlier in the day that Stuttgart would pay a fee of around six million euros ($7.26 million) for Gronkjaer.

The 27-year-old put in a transfer request because he was unable to settle in the Spanish capital after joining from Birmingham City in January.

Media reports said Atletico paid English Premier League Birmingham a fee of two million euros for the former Chelsea winger.

Despite making a promising start to his Atletico career, Gronkjaer's season was cut short when he cracked a bone in his right leg at the start of May.

'When I signed for Atletico I had every intention of completing my contract. But the world is a strange place and things didn't go as I had hoped,' he said.

Atletico moved to fill his place by signing Real Zaragoza's Argentine international winger Luciano Galletti earlier on Friday.