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Wednesday, 19 July, 2000, 14:50 GMT
German return for Dutch defender
Frank Verlaat
Verlaat during his one season stay in Amsterdam with Ajax
Dutch defender Frank Verlaat has decided to give the Bundesliga another shot after a frustrating year at Ajax Amsterdam and signed a three-year contract with Werder Bremen.

Verlaat was captain at VfB Stuttgart but left for home a year ago with his move to Ajax.

He had trouble adjusting to a system which incorporated a flat back three and feels he wasted a season.

"I often had to play against three strikers in the three man back unit. I hadn't done that for years," the 32-year-old veteran said.

He feels more confident about the job ahead at Bremen where he will slot into a conventional flat back four and issue the commands.

"I am really looking forward to Bremen. The team has a lot of potential and is good enough to play internationally. I am ready to get going again, to rehabilitate myself after last season, to show it wasn't the end for me."

Bremen, who are known to have a penchant for ageing players with big pasts, bought Verlaat for his experience.

He reportedly cost 1.3m and was only released by Ajax after lengthy negotiations which were centered around the size of the transfer fee.

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