Pinto signs for Aachen
By Chris Ives
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 23-year-old will spend the whole of next season at the Tivoli stadium, after failing to secure a regular place in the Royal Blues' first team.
Pinto is under contract at Gelsenkirchen until 2006 and has made 13 Bundesliga appearances this season and a further three in the Uefa Cup.
The promising midfielder becomes Aachen's fourth new signing, following the acquisition of Werder Bremen's Simon Rolfes, Nurnberg's Kristian Nicht and Aalen's Emil Noll.
Aachen, who will meet Werder Bremen in the German Cup final, are currently third in the table and bidding to return to the top-flight for the first time in 34 years.