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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jul, 15, 2011

Stuttgart seal deal for Rodriguez

Stuttgart have completed the signing of Mexico international Francisco Rodriguez from PSV Eindhoven.

The 29-year-old defender arrives at the Bundesliga club for an undisclosed fee and has put pen to paper on a three-year deal.

Stuttgart sporting director Fredi Bobic said: ''We've managed to sign an experienced centre-back. He knows European football well and won't need any time to settle in, so he can help our team straight away.''

Rodriguez added: ''VfB are a big club with a lot of standing in Germany and Europe.

''I spoke to Fredi Bobic and [Stuttgart coach] Bruno Labbadia and their concept appealed to me.

''The move from PSV to VfB represents a new sporting challenge. I hope to settle in with my new team-mates and their style quickly so that I can help the team to reach its goals.''

Rodriguez, capped 61 times by his country, joined PSV in May 2008 from Guadalajara and went on to make over 80 appearances for the club in all competitions.

He was one of five players suspended from Mexico's Gold Cup squad earlier this summer after testing positive for the banned substance clenbuterol. Rodriguez, Antonio Naelson, Christian Bermudez, Edgar Duenas and Guillermo Ochoa all failed a test at a pre-tournament training camp in May.

The disciplinary committee of the Mexican Football Federation launched an investigation into the positive tests and subsequently ruled that the adverse results were due to ''food contamination''.

And at Rodriguez's formal unveiling today, Bobic was at pains to stress that the incident was a one-off.

''We have of course spoken to the Mexican federation,'' he said. ''And they confirmed to us in writing that the matter is shelved. The fact that he has been acquitted so fast means that the subject is done for us.''

Rodriguez added: ''This incident was an accident. I was always an honest and professional player and for my entire career I was always clean and fair. I have never taken a banned substance.''

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