Schalke 04 have snapped up Milan's Dutch forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, the Italian giants confirmed in an official statement on Tuesday.
Despite rumours of a move all summer, Huntelaar had proclaimed his desire to stay in Milan but following the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and the rumoured arrival of Robinho, Huntelaar has decided to go elsewhere for regular football.
A statement on Milan's official website reads:
"AC Milan announces that it has sold FC Schalke 04 the sporting rights of the player Klaas-Jan Huntelaar."
Earlier, the forward had told his own website, "It is true I never wanted to leave Milan but that changed when Ibrahimovic came."
"Negotiations were tougher than expected. I am happy to have Klaas-Jan. He will help us," Schalke Felix Magath had explained earlier.
The two clubs are reported to have agreed on a €13 million deal but the transfer fee has not been quoted by either clubs.