Naldo joins Schalke

GELSENKIRCHEN: Brazilian defender Naldo is joining Schalke on a free transfer from Bundesliga rival Wolfsburg. The 33-year-old Naldo is signing a two-year deal through June 2018 with the option to extend, Schalke announced on Sunday. “Once we heard Naldo was available, we immediately worked on the transfer. It was extremely important to win such an experienced player for a young, talented team full of potential, such as the one we have,” the club’s new sporting director Christian Heidel said. Heidel is in the process of hiring a new coach after telling Andre Breitenreiter on Wednesday that Saturday’s league game at Hoffenheim would be his last with the club. Breitenreiter steered the club to fifth in the Bundesliga, missing out on Champions League qualification.