Schalke swoop for Fuchs

Fahrmann also moves to Veltins Arena

By Thomas Zocher.   Last Updated: 06/06/11 4:50pm

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Austria international Christian Fuchs has joined Schalke from Bundesliga rivals Mainz.

The left-back, a free-kick specialist, has moved for a reported fee of €5million (£4.5m) on a four-year contract as Schalke bid to solve what has been a problem position.

Fuchs, who captained Austria in the 2-1 defeat to Germany in a Euro 2012 qualifier on Friday, is excited by the prospect of joining last season's UEFA Champions League semi-finalists.

"The idea of playing for Schalke gives me goosebumps," said the 25-year-old.

Fantastic

"The club has a fantastic stadium and fans, they won the Uefa Cup in 1997 and they reached the Champions League semi-finals last season."

Having agreed to sell Manuel Neuer to Bayern Munich last week, Schalke have also moved to sign goalkeeping cover in the form of former player Ralf Fahrmann from relegated Eintracht Frankfurt.

Fahrmann, 22, who left Schalke for Frankfurt in 2009, has signed a contract until the June of 2015 and the deal would seemingly end Schalke's reported interested in Kaiserslautern's Kevin Trapp.

Schalke had also been linked with Jens Lehmann, who came out of retirement to sign a short-term contract with Arsenal last season.

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