Claudio Pizzaro has signed a one-year loan deal with Werder Bremen.
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Pizarro bolts Chelsea for return to Werder

Werder Bremen have completed the signing of Chelsea striker Claudio Pizarro on a one-year loan deal.

The Peruvian has returned to the club where he enjoyed a fruitful two-year spell from 1999 to 2001.

He has endured a miserable time in West London since former Blues boss Jose Mourinho signed him from Bayern Munich last summer.

The 29-year-old told the club's official website, www.werder.de: "Back then Werder opened the door to Europe for me. I had two wonderful years there.

"In the meantime the club has developed very well and is now one of the best teams in Europe."

Pizarro, who scored 29 goals in 56 games in his previous spell with Werder, claimed he was attracted by the prospect of playing for the club in the Champions League.

He added: "I hope to help Werder with my international experience and am delighted about my new team.

"The opportunity to play with Werder in the Champions League greatly influenced my decision; money only played a minor role."

Pizarro won three Bundesliga titles and three DFB-Pokal trophies in his six years at Bayern, but he was barely featured in the Premier League for Chelsea last season.

His acquisition ends Werder's summer-long search for a striker to replace Croatian Ivan Klasnic, who has joined French side Nantes.

Werder general manager Klaus Allofs said: "We had been looking into a number of possibilities, but this is one we had favored for some time, and we are delighted that the transfer of Claudio Pizarro has now been realized.

"Claudio is one of the top strikers in Europe, and with him we can further improve on our qualities."

Coach Thomas Schaaf added: "We've known about Claudio's abilities for years. He has constantly furthered his development, and he will breathe new life into our game with his wealth of experience."

The loan deal does not include an option for the German side to buy the striker at the end of the season.

Pizarro will take part in his first training session following his official presentation as a Werder player on Tuesday morning.

He will not be available for his new club's Bundesliga opener against Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday.

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