Schalke’s 2014 World Cup-winning defender Benedikt Howedes has signed for Italian champions Juventus on a season-long loan, according to BBC reports.

Howedes, 29, has spent his career at Schalke and was captain of the German club for six years.

Juventus said they have paid an initial 3.5m euros (£3.22m) for the loan, which will rise to 13.5m euros (£11.96m) if he plays 25 times this season.

They also have an option to buy Howedes at the season’s end for 3.5m euros.

Howedes has played 44 times for Germany, including in the 2014 World Cup final when Joachim Low’s side beat Argentina 1-0 in Rio.

Juventus, who reached last season’s Champions League final, are seeking a seventh successive Serie A title.

They have started this season with back-to-back wins over Cagliari and Genoa, while Massimiliano Allegri’s team have been drawn in the same Champions League group as Barcelona, Olympiakos and Sporting Lisbon.

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