Juventus land Howedes on loan deal

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The 29-year-old ventures away from Schalke for the first time in his career as he prepares for a new life in Serie A with the Bianconeri

Juventus have confirmed the completion of a loan deal for Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes.

The sensational exit of Leonardo Bonucci to Milan earlier this summer prompted Juve to seek a new centre-back for the coming season. 

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And, on Wednesday, the Serie A champions confirmed that Howedes would be spending at least the next 12 months in Turin. 

The 29-year-old Germany international moves on a loan deal, with Schalke receiving an initial €3 million. 

If he plays 25 competitive games Juve would also be obliged to exercise his purchase option, which was agreed at €13m plus another €3m in bonuses related to clauses valid until June 2020. 

Howedes joined Schalke as a trainee, and has represented the Gelsenkirchen club throughout his career. 

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The centre-back made a total of 334 appearances for Schalke, scoring 23 goals and helping them to the DFB Pokal title in 2010-11. 

He has also picked up 44 caps for Germany, and was a cornerstone of the side that lifted the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

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