Summary

  • Naldo joins Schalke on a free transfer.
  • The 33-year-old leaves Wolfsburg after four years.
  • 'We jumped at the chance to sign him,' Schalke sporting director Heidel.

FC Schalke 04 have snapped up experienced Bundesliga defender Naldo on a free transfer from VfL Wolfsburg.

The 33-year-old Brazilian centre-back has signed a two-year contract with the Royal Blues just 24 hours after making his final Wolfsburg appearance in their 3-1 win over VfB Stuttgart.

"I had a great time at Wolfsburg with a lot of success. I will always carry this team and city in my heart. Everyone at VfL knows how much the club means to me," said Naldo, who acknowledged Schalke’s freshly-appointed sporting director Christian Heidel had convinced him to make the move to Gelsenkirchen.

"Christian Heidel so impressed me in talks that I'm now really looking forward to the challenge with Schalke and the chance to celebrate some great successes with a very good team."

The veteran Brazilian helped Wolfsburg make the UEFA Champions League last eight for the first time.

The ex-Brazil international, who moved to Wolfsburg in 2012, helped the Wolves to a DFB Cup triumph last season and contributed greatly to their run to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals this term.

The former SV Werder Bremen man played 40 competitive games for Dieter Hecking's side in 2015/16, including 29 Bundesliga appearances to take his overall tally to 298 German top-flight matches.

"When we heard Naldo was available, we jumped at the chance to sign him," said Heidel, who has only just left 1. FSV Mainz 05 to take up his role at the VELTINS Arena. "It was immensely important for us to bring such an experienced player into the young, talented and potential-packed team that we have here."