Juventus have accomplished the signing of defender Benedikt Howedes from Schalke on a one-year mortgage with a view to a everlasting switch.
Howedes, 29, departs Schalke having been one of many longest-serving gamers within the Bundesliga, becoming a member of the membership from SG Herten-Langenbochum as a 13-year-old in 2001.
Whereas many had tipped the Germany worldwide to complete his profession at Schalke after signing a contract extension by way of to 2020 in 2016, he fell down the pecking order underneath new coach Domenico Tedesco.
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Earlier this summer season, Tedesco, who got here by way of the ranks of Hoffenheim’s teaching academy, stripped Howedes of the captain’s armband and benched him for the opening Bundesliga video games of the season.
Whereas there was additionally curiosity from England, Howedes had his coronary heart set on a switch to Juventus, the place he’ll change Leonardo Bonucci after his transfer to AC Milan earlier this summer season.
“Howedes is a pacesetter and all the time offers it his all. He can change into essential for us,” Juve midfielder and Germany teammate Sami Khedira instructed Bild. “Benny is a flexible participant, which makes it simpler for our system.”
Stephan Uersfeld is the Germany correspondent for ESPN FC. Comply with him on Twitter @uersfeld.