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Germany's Benedikt Howedes joins Lokomotiv Moscow from Schalke

MOSCOW -- Benedikt Howedes ended a long spell with his boyhood club Schalke when he joined Lokomotiv Moscow on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old defender, who spent last season on loan at Juventus, has signed a four-year contract with the Russian champion.

"We wish him all the best in the new sporting chapter of his career at Lokomotiv Moscow," said Schalke's sporting director Christian Heidel.

Howedes made his Schalke debut in a 2007 Champions League match against Rosenborg.

He won a German Cup and Supercup...

 By Ben Gladwell

Juventus' Benedikt Howedes ready to resume career after injuries

Benedikt Howedes has made just one appearance for Juventus because of injuries.

Benedikt Howedes said he cannot wait to launch his Juventus career as he looks to put six injury blighted months behind him.

The German defender joined Juventus on a season-long loan from Schalke in the summer, but he has been restricted to just one Serie A appearance in November due to a string of setbacks.

Now, however, the 29-year-old is back in full team training and ready to make his contribution to the club's challenge for three trophies this season.

"I'm happy to be back with the team," Howedes...

 By Ben Gladwell

Juventus' Benedikt Howedes 'endlessly disappointed' by latest injury

Juventus defender Benedikt Howedes says he is "endlessly disappointed" to have been ruled out again by injury, just a week after making his first appearance in Serie A.

The 29-year-old German defender made his debut for the Bianconeri in the 3-0 win over Crotone just 10 days ago, but an injury he picked up in training ruled him out of the trip to Napoli last Friday, and he is not expected to be available again until after the winter break.

"Dear fans, many thanks for your many messages!" he wrote...

Benedikt Howedes: I'll repay Juventus faith in me after injury setback

Benedikt Howedes has vowed to repay the trust shown in him by Juventus after a muscle injury in training extended his wait for a first appearance for the club.

Germany international Howedes, 30, joined Juventus from hometown club Schalke in the summer on a one-year loan deal with a view to a permanent move.

After it was confirmed that he faces another few weeks wait for his first outing, he wrote on Twitter: "I have been in Turin for three weeks and, naturally, I expected a different start.

"On...

Arsenal held talks with Benedikt Howedes before Juventus move - agent

Benedikt Howedes was in talks with Arsenal prior to his loan move to Juventus from Schalke this summer, according to the player's agent.

Howedes, 29, left Schalke after learning he was no longer the club captain under new coach Domenico Tedesco, who also told the defender he would need to accept competition for his place in the starting lineup.

During the final days of the summer transfer window, Howedes joined Serie A champions Juventus on loan for the season, where he has yet to make his debut,...

 By Ben Gladwell

Domenico Tedesco 'wanted Benedikt Howedes to stay' at Schalke

Schalke coach Domenico Tedesco says he would have preferred to have kept hold of Benedikt Howedes, and insists he did not force him to leave Gelsenkirchen and join Juventus this summer.

Tedesco stripped Howedes of Schalke's captaincy and benched him for the Royal Blues' opening two Bundesliga fixtures, but he told La Gazzetta dello Sport that he still had big plans with the German defender, who was just behind in terms of physical condition due to an injury.

"I did nothing but be honest with Benedikt...