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Bundesliga: Hamburg sign Marcelo Diaz to help fight relegation

Arjen Robben of the Netherlands controls the ball against Marcelo Diaz of Chile during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B
Image: Marcelo Diaz battles with Arjen Robben during a World Cup 2014 match between Chile and the Netherlands.

Bundesliga side Hamburg have signed midfielder Marcelo Diaz from Basel on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

The Chile international has signed a contract until 2017 after passing a medical.

Hamburg sporting director Peter Knaebel said: "We saw Marcelo's qualities at the World Cup last summer. He is someone who wants the ball, wants the game focused on him even in difficult situations.

"He can be a bridge (from defence to attack) for our game when we go forward. That is what I expect from him and that is what he has already done at top level."

Hamburg, backed by billionaire Klaus-Michael Kuehne, have also boosted their frontline by bringing in experienced Croatian striker Ivica Olic from Wolfsburg.

The 16th-placed club are only out of the relegation zone because they have a better goal difference than Stuttgart.

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