Bayer Leverkusen has signed Chile midfielder Charles Aranguiz from Brazilian club Internacional on a five-year deal.

August 13, 2015

LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen has signed Chile midfielder Charles Aranguiz from Brazilian club Internacional on a five-year deal.

Aranguiz said that joining Leverkusen offers him good chances of playing in the Champions League and that he's looking forward to "a really big challenge in another country."

The Bundesliga club's sporting director, Rudi Voller, said Thursday that the "strategically adept" 26-year-old will raise the quality of the team, which is expected to be one of reigning champion Bayern Munich's leading challengers this season.

Leverkusen gave no details of the transfer fee. The club starts its season on Saturday at home against Hoffenheim.

Aranguiz helped Chile win the 2015 Copa America on home soil.

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