Gelsenkirchen - UEFA Champions League participants FC Schalke 04 have completed the signing of Maxim Choupo-Moting from 1. FSV Mainz 05.

The 25-year-old, fresh from participating in the FIFA World Cup with Cameroon, has signed a three-year deal until June 2017 with the Royal Blues, who have given him the number 13 shirt.

'Will play centrally'


“I’m delighted that Maxim has decided to join Schalke,” commented Schalke’s sporting director Horst Heldt. “He’s someone who can be used in different positions, but our plan is for him to play in a central role in our attack.”

The move to the Veltins Arena means that Choupo-Moting is set to represent a fourth Bundesliga club, having also turned out for Hamburger SV and 1. FC Nürnberg. Last season he scored ten goals in 32 appearances as Mainz qualified for the UEFA Europa League with a seventh-placed finish.

He represented Germany at youth level but decided to play for Cameroon at senior level and has scored ten goals in 27 appearances since making his debut for the Indomitable Lions in June 2010.