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Defender Abraham moves to Hoffenheim

Struggling Hoffenheim have signed Argentine defender David Abraham from Getafe, with the player agreeing a contract until 2016.

David Abraham in action for FC Basle
Abraham has joined Hoffenheim's fight against relegation

Abraham, 26, had attracted interest from Hamburg in the summer. Getafe beat them to it, but he made only nine appearances for the Spanish side.

Announcing the signing on Tuesday, Hoffenheim general manager Andreas Muller said: “Right from the beginning, David Abraham showed his willingness to take on the difficult challenge here at Hoffenheim. I am convinced he can help us.”

Abraham won three Swiss championships and lifted the Swiss cup twice, also playing in the Champions League and Europa League, during a three-year stint at FC Basel.

“For his age, he has got a lot of experience at the highest level, and that is very important for us,” Hoffenheim coach Marco Kurz said.

“His speed and the solutions he finds in one-on-one situations are his big strengths. I am delighted we were able to persuade him to join us.”

Meanwhile, Hoffenheim have demoted former Germany international Marvin Compper to the club’s reserves, with Muller saying the player was “not able to motivate himself for the relegation battle”.

The centre-back featured in 16 of the club’s first 17 games of the season, but new boss Kurz dropped him from the team that drew 0-0 at Borussia Moenchengladbach at the weekend.

The player’s agent, Ran Ronen, told Bild Compper could now move to Fiorentina, adding: “That is one of the clubs we are talking to.”

Hoffenheim are currently in 16th place – the relegation playoff position – and trail 15th-placed Nurnberg by eight points.

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