Poulsen joins Evian
French club Evian have confirmed the signing of Liverpool midfielder Christian Poulsen.
The 31-year-old Denmark international - a Roy Hodgson signing last summer - has been out of favour at Anfield ever since Kenny Dalglish took over in January. Poulsen, who did not play a match for the Reds after their UEFA Europa League tie in Braga in March, has signed a one-year contract with the Ligue 1 newcomers.
"It's official, Patrick Trotignon, the president of the SASP and Pascal Dupraz, the sports director, presented their latest recruit on Wednesday afternoon at the training centre," said a statement on the French club's website www.etgfc.com. "Christian Poulsen was hired for a season from Liverpool."
A statement from Liverpool said: "Liverpool have today confirmed that Christian Poulsen has completed his transfer to Evian Thonon Gaillard. The Danish midfielder moves to the French side after making 21 appearances in just over a year at Anfield. Everyone at Liverpool Football Club would like to wish Christian the best of luck with his future career."
Poulsen said he was persuaded to move to the club after speaking with Dupraz and the fact he was moving to an outpost of French football rather than one of their major cities was not a problem. "I liked the speech of Pascal and the project of the club is really good too," he told the club's website. "What matters is the level of competition. The French Ligue 1 championship is a very good. I will do everything to have a dominant share in the future success of my new team."
Poulsen expects the presence of fellow Denmark internationals Stephan Andersen and Daniel Wass in the Evian squad will help him settle in. "Stephan is a very good friend and the integration will be easier," he added.