Valdez handed new Bremen deal
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
High-flying Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen have secured the services of 19-year-old Paraguayan starlet Nelson Valdez until 2007.
Valdez, who arrived at the Weser Stadion from Atletico Tembetary in June 2001, had been registered as an amateur at Bremen, but he has now been rewarded for the progress he has made with a long-term professional contract.
"Nelson Valdez is one of the most talented young strikers in the Bundesliga," said Bremen sport director Klaus Allofs.
"He is a man with a great future and will increasingly force himself into first team reckoning. We are sure that his positive development will continue."
The South American youngster also expressed his delight at his new deal.
"Werder will continue to have a strong team in the coming years and so I have a great chance to develop as a player," said Valdez.
"I've been accepted on the pitch and feel really at home here at Werder."
Valdez has scored one goal in six appearances as a substitute for Bremen this season and could well prove to be a long-term replacement for Brazilian star Ailton who will be moving to Schalke in the summer.