Benfica sign US defender Brooks and German midfielder Drexler

Benfica sign US defender Brooks and German midfielder Drexler

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese club Benfica signed World Cup winner Julian Drexler on a one-year loan deal from Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday.

The 28-year-old midfielder helped Germany win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

“Benfica is a big club, it has a big history,” Drikler said. “I was struggling for playing time in Paris, to be honest. I think (Benfica) is the right club for me to play good football.

Benfica, one of Portugal’s most traditional clubs along with Porto, also reached a one-year deal with American free agent John Brooks.

The move will help the 29-year-old defender compete for a spot on the U.S. World Cup roster as he will be playing for a club with a top defensive line similar to that coached by the U.S. national team. Greg Berhalter uses.

Berhalter had said that Brooks was at a disadvantage while playing with German club Wolfsburg, who used a different system defensively.

“I’m very happy to be here, to play against you as soon as possible,” he said. In a short message to Benfica fans on Twitter

Brooks played for Hertha Bielen from 2012-17 before joining Wolfsburg. He scored the 86th-minute tie-break goal against Ghana in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup and has scored three goals in 45 international matches.

Draxler also played for Wolfsburg.

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