Hanover agree to sign Ismael from Bayern

December 5, 2007

BERLIN, Dec 5 (Reuters) - French defender Valerien Ismael will move from Bayern Munich to Bundesliga rivals Hanover 96 on Jan. 1, Hanover announced on Wednesday.

'We have reached agreement with Bayern,' Hanover sports director Christan Hochstaetter said in a statement from the club.

Ismael, who joined Bayern from Werder Bremen in 2005, moves for an undisclosed fee, and will sign a contract running until 2010, Hanover said.

The 32-year-old helped Bayern to win a league and cup double in his first season but a badly broken leg meant he was limited to one fleeting league appearance last term.

This season, coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has made Lucio and Martin Demichelis his first-choice centre-back partnership and Bayern manager Uli Hoeness told Ismael last month he could leave during the mid-season break.