Portugal midfielder Petit completes Cologne move

July 30, 2008

COLOGNE, July 30 (Bundesliga) - Portugal midfielder Petit has completed a transfer from Benfica to Cologne for an undisclosed fee.

The 31-year-old passed a medical on Wednesday morning before putting pen to paper on a two-year deal with the Bundesliga side to become their sixth summer signing and arguably one of the biggest in the club's history.

'Petit fulfils all the conditions that a coach could want,' said Cologne coach Christoph Daum.

'With him, we have taken on more quality and can now take a step further towards where we want to go.'

Petit admitted he had always been attracted by a move abroad, and is now hoping to become the latest player to make a successful switch from the Portuguese league to Germany, as Werder Bremen duo Diego and Hugo Almeida have done in recent years.

'It is going to be very hard because the quality in the Bundesliga is very high,' Petit said.

'Still, we have a very good team and coach and management and if we can play as we can as a team, we will cause our opponents a few problems.'

Cologne general manager Michael Meier admitted signing Petit was a dream come true.

'The biggest obstacle was the financial terms and the player did not believe he could even talk to us while we never imagined signing such a player,' he said at a press conference on Wednesday.

'Petit helped us a lot to convince Benfica to sell him and they did so out of respect for the service he has done to the club.'