Schalke have agreed a deal to sign Real Madrid defender Christoph Metzelder.
The Germany international, whose time in Madrid has been ruined by injury, will return to the club where he began his career after signing a three-year deal.
Metzelder, 29, joined Real from Borussia Dortmund in 2007, but form and fitness troubles have reduced him to a peripheral role at Santiago Bernabeu.
A statement on Schalke’s official website read: “A World Cup and a European Championship runner-up will soon play for the Royal Blues.
“Christoph Metzelder is joining Schalke from Real Madrid for the coming season and receives a three-year contract until 30 June 2013.”
Schalke coach Felix Magath has revealed he had tried to sign Metzelder before when he has in charge of Wolfsburg.
“At that time I got to know him and came to value him and I am ecstatic that he has chosen us,” Magath told Kicker.de.
“He is not only a former Schalke youth player, but also a player with a real sense of responsibility, a leader.”