World Cup winner Howedes joins Lokomotiv Moscow

Russian Premier League side Lokomotiv Moscow have signed Benedikt Howedes from Schalke on a four-year deal.

Defender Benedikt Howedes has left Schalke   -  Getty Images

World Cup winner Benedikt Howedes has agreed a four-year contract with Russian champions Lokomotiv Moscow, ending his long association with Schalke.

The Germany international started all of his country's matches as Joachim Low's men triumphed in Brazil at the 2014 World Cup.

But the 30-year-old has been dogged by a series of injuries in recent years and was only able to make three Serie A appearances while on loan at Juventus for the 2017-18 season.

However, Lokomotiv said stringent medical tests conducted in Italy did not reveal any issues that would prevent Howedes from joining the club.

Howedes spent 16 years at Schalke, progressing through the club to become first-team captain. He played in 240 Bundesliga games and was a member of the side who won the DFB Pokal in 2011.

"Last summer, Benedikt looked for a new challenge at Juventus," said Schalke's sporting director Christian Heidel.

"We wish him all the best in the new sporting chapter of his career at Lokomotiv Moscow, who did a remarkable job last season."

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