GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Former Germany defender Christoph Metzelder will join Schalke when his contract with Real Madrid expires at the end of the season.
Schalke says Metzelder has already signed a three-year contract. The 29-year-defender spent three injury-plagued seasons at Madrid and lost his place in the Germany squad after getting little playing time.
Metzelder is not expected to be in the World Cup squad. Before going to Madrid, Metzelder played for Borussia Dortmund, Schalke's neighbor and biggest rival. Schalke is battling Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title and is assured of playing in the Champions League next season.