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Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 June, 2004, 11:10 GMT 12:10 UK
Ziege returns to Bundesliga
Tottenham defender Christian Ziege
Germany left-back Christian Ziege is to join Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Recently released by Spurs, the 32-year-old Ziege has signed a two-year contract with the Bundesliga club.

Ziege, who also played for Liverpool and Middlesbrough, has recovered from a string of injuries including career-threatening thigh problem.

The defender told the Borussia website: "I want to play football. After a long injury break, that is the most important thing for me."

He added: "I've had offers from Bundesliga and foreign sides as well as clubs who would have been able to pay more money than Borussia.

"But I don't want to gamble. It's not good to pick a side only because they pay more money than everyone else. Other things are on the top of the priority list."

The defender was handed a last-minute call-up to Germany's Euro 2004 squad after Hamburg defender Christian Rahn was ruled out by injury.

He has won 72 caps for Germany and was a member of their 1996 European championship-winning team.

Moenchengladbach, five-times German champions, narrowly escaped relegation this season.


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