Last season's Bundesliga runners-up Schalke 04 have signed Ghana's 2010 FIFA World Cup™ defender Hans Sarpei on a two-year, it was announced on Thursday.
The experienced German-bred 34-year-old all-rounder has joined from Bayer Leverkusen, in a deal worth €400,000, to bolster the Royal Blues' defence.
"We noticed in the last two games against Aalen (German Cup) and Hamburg (Bundesliga) that we have young talent on the sides, but they are not yet ready," said Schalke coach Felix Magath. "After the departure of Rafinha, we had to find a player capable of filling the left side or right side of defense."
Sarpei comes with a wealth of experience having played for Duisburg (2000-01), Wolfsburg (2001-07) and Leverkusen (2007-10) making 181 Bundesliga appearances in total. He was part of the Ghana team which reached the quarter-finals at the last World Cup in South Africa.