Brazil defender Naldo has moved from Werder Bremen to Bundesliga rival Wolfsburg for an undisclosed fee.
The 29-year-old, who joined Bremen in 2005, will leave Bremen's training camp to link up with his new team-mates on Wednesday.
"I am delighted with this transfer," said Wolfsburg coach
"He has a lot of experience in
The defender scored 22 goals in 173 appearances for Bremen, playing in four UEFA Champions League campaigns and also appearing in the final of the UEFA Cup in 2009.
"We have had a fantastic time together and that is also why we had promised him that we would allow him a transfer if the conditions were right for him, but also for Werder Bremen.
"Of course we would have liked to have extended Naldo's contract, but we could not compete with the offer from Wolfsburg."
Naldo was Bremen's longest-serving player, together with
"It really is hard to leave Bremen," he said. "I had a lot of success with Werder and the club and the fans have a place in my heart, but the offer from Wolfsburg was really very good.
"I now have the chance to remain in the Bundesliga and that was important to me and my family."
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