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Confirmed: Schalke 04 land Yoshida

By Rune Gjerulff   @runegjerulff

Maya Yoshida has completed his move to Schalke 04.
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FC Schalke 04 have officially confirmed the signing of Japan captain Maya Yoshida on a free transfer.

The 33-year-old central defender, who left Sampdoria at the end of June, has agreed to a one-year deal with the option of a one-year extension.

"Maya’s footballing, physical and mental qualities will enable him to take on an important role in our team. He’s shown that he's a true leader during his time in Italy, England, Japan and the Netherlands. We are confident that he will help to keep us in the Bundesliga," commented Schalke sporting director Rouven Schröder.

"I'm delighted to get the chance to wear the FC Schalke 04 shirt, and I'm looking forward to getting to know my teammates, the coaching staff and the fans," added Yoshida.

"I attended a match at the VELTINS-Arena many years ago, back when Atsuto Uchida was playing right-back, and I’ve also followed the Bundesliga with great interest for a long time. Therefore, I’m really pleased to finally become a part of it," stated the former Southampton player.

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