Benedikt Howedes joined Russian League Champions Lokomotiv Moscow from his boyhood club Schalke.

The Russian club have completed the signing of German defender from Schalke 04 for €5 millionHowedes signed a 4-year deal with Lokomotiv Moscow.

Schalke’s Sporting Director Christian Heidel wished the defender luck for his the new chapter of his career in Russia.

Christian Heidel said: “Last summer, Benedikt looked for a new challenge at Juventus. We wish him all the best in the new sporting chapter of his career at Lokomotiv Moscow.” 

Howedes spent 16 years at Schalke, advancing within the club to mature into the first-team captain. The 30-year-old made 240 Bundesliga appearances and was a member of the squad that won the DFB-Pokal in 2011. 

Howedes made his Schalke debut in 2007, in a Champions League match against RosenborgThe defender won a German Cup and Supercup and was a part of the Juventus squad that landed their 7th consecutive Serie A title last season. Howedes also earned 44 caps for his nation and was an ever-present figure in the 2014 World Cup-winning side. He started all of his country’s matches as Germany triumphed at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

However, the German international has been plagued by a series of injuries in the last couple of years. The 30-year-old spent last season on loan at Juventus but failed to make a profound impact and returned to the German side. He was only able to play 3 Serie A matches during the 2017-18 season. However, Lokomotiv Moscow’s poignant medical tests conducted in Italy did not expose any concerns that would prevent Howedes from joining the Russian club.

Lokomotiv General Director spoke on Höwedes’ arrival: “We’re delighted to welcome Benedikt to our Railway family! The presence of such players in the team makes our club stronger. He used to win, we let him do it in Lokomotiv!”

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