Stranzl signs with Monchengladbach
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Austrian international Martin Stranzl announced today he has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with bottom-of-the-table Bundesliga club Borussia Monchengladbach.

"It's a great challenge and I will do everything to help Gladbach avoid relegation," Stranzl told the Austria Press Agency.

The 30-year-old defender returns to the Bundesliga after four-and-a-half years with Russian side Spartak Moscow. Before that, he had played between 1999 and 2006 with 1860 Munich and Stuttgart.

"We are happy he chose us. Martin is an experienced defender, who played among other places in the Bundesliga for seven years," Monchengladbach's sports director Max Eberl said on the club's website.

The transfer, for an unknown sum, is effective as of 1 January 2011, although Stranzl's Russian contract was initially due to run until next summer.