Bodmer makes capital move
Paris Saint-Germain have kicked off their summer recruitment on Friday with the signature of Lyon utility Mathieu Bodmer on a three-year deal worth a reported 2.5 million Euros.
After a tough season that saw them battle against poor form to claim the French Cup, PSG are looking to reinforce their squad with some name signings and have begun their recruitment drive with the signature of Lyon’s versatile Mathieu Bodmer.
Bodmer: 'Can't wait'
"I have memories of the great atmosphere here at the Parc des Princes," said the 27-year-old. "My dream is to take the field in the Paris shirt. I can’t wait for this moment. I’m also very keen to get into training with my new teammates."
A midfielder by trade, Bodmer played as a playmaker at Caen before switching to defensive midfield during his stint at Lille. Possessed of excellent vision and distribution skills, Bodmer is also renowned for his massive workrate and physical power, which led Lyon coach Claude Puel to play him in central defence.
After extending his contract at Lyon for last season, Bodmer made just 14 appearances in season 2009-10 and has made the move to the capital not only with a view to more game time, but also to playing in midfield, where he feels he can play at his best.
His imposing presence in the centre of the park should allow PSG’s other midfielders to play wider, which will enhance the side’s attacking options, but at the same time PSG’s shaky defence is also in need of bolstering and it is not unthinkable that coach Antoine Kombouaré could play him alongside Mamadou Sakho as a stopper.