Mexico int’l Guardado inks PSV Eindhoven contract

Mexico international Andres Guardado (left) signs a contract with PSV Eindhoven on May 1, 2015, as sporting director Marcel Brands watches. (Photo courtesy of PSV Eindhoven)

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands – PSV Eindhoven announced Friday the signing of Mexico international Andres Guardado to a three-year contract.

An agreement was reached with Spain’s Valencia for the permanent transfer of the 28-year-old midfielder, who was initially loaned to the newly-crowned Dutch champion last August.

"This day is very special and very important for me, for my family and for my career,” Guardado said.  “It is a very complete year in every respect for me, both personally and professionally.  I hope the coming year equals what has been achieved this year.”

An opportunity to compete once again in the UEFA Champions League also proved to be an attractive prospect.

"Playing in the Champions League is fantastic,” expressed Guardado, who has played in nine games in the competition (seven with Valencia, two with Bayer Leverkusen).  “That is the best club tournament in the world.  It's a dream to play football in it.  I hope next year to play a good tournament with PSV.”

Guardado started his professional career with Atlas and has won 113 caps for Mexico, including appearances in each of the last three FIFA World Cups.