Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has joined Lazio in a bid to boost his World Cup hopes.
The 27-year-old has not played regularly for Stuttgart this season and made his first appearance in almost two months in the recent 1-0 win at Freiburg after struggling with a knee injury.
Germany coach Joachim Low had warned the midfielder that he needed to be playing regularly with the World Cup finals in the summer and he has now switched to Italy to try and achieve this aim.
Stuttgart confirmed that the player's contract, which was due to expire in June, had been terminated on Sunday, allowing him to make the move.
The deal could pave the way for Cristian Ledesma to leave Lazio for Inter.
Source: Sky Sports