BERLIN (Reuters) – Hamburg SV, who narrowly avoided relegation last season, have signed on-loan Greece international Kyriakos Papadopoulos on a permanent three-year deal from Bayer Leverkusen, the Bundesliga club said on Wednesday.
The powerful 25-year-old central defender, who joined Hamburg on loan midway through last season, scored twice in 15 league games as he helped them avoid a relegation playoff on the last matchday.
“Everyone saw how much of a push Papa gave the entire team in the second half of the season,” said Hamburg sports director Jens Todt.
“He motivated the other players with his winning mentality and passion.”
Papadopoulos, who has also played for Schalke 04 and RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga, has earned 25 caps for Greece, scoring four goals.
(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)