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DONE DEAL: Leverkusen defender Wollscheid makes permanent move to Stoke

Stoke City have announced that Philipp Wollscheid has signed a permanent contract with the club.

The German defender, 26, joined the Potters on loan from Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen in January and after 14 appearances has put pen to a less temporary deal.

Wollscheid has signed a three-year contract with Stoke which will begin on July 1 after his Leverkusen deal expires.

"We're delighted to have secured Philipp's services on a permanent basis. He joined us midway through the season but wasted little time in making a big impression," chief executive Tony Scholes told the club's official website.

"Within days of arriving in England he made his debut against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium and went on to become an important member of Mark's squad.

"He's clearly enjoying life in England; he feels very settled here and had no hesitation in committing his long-term future to Stoke City."

Andrew Slevison
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