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Boateng delighted to 'be back home'

Kevin-Prince Boateng said the Bundesliga is the place to be after he joined Schalke from AC Milan.

The Ghana international has signed a four-year contract with the Royal Blues, joining for an undisclosed fee believed to be around 10million euros (£8.5m), and he is delighted to be back in Germany.

The Bundesliga is the best league in the world and the best players also belong there," said the 26-year-old.

I'm delighted to be back home.

– New Schalke signing Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Howedes still hopeful

Schalke captain Benedikt Howedes remains optimistic that the Bundesliga club can still qualify for the group stage of the Champions League despite a 1-1 draw with PAOK Thessaloniki Wednesday night.

I presume that PAOK will play similar to how they played here.

They are going to bunker themselves in at the back and wait for a chance on the counter attack and hope to land a lucky punch.

We're going to have to prevent that while getting a goal ourselves.

– Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes

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Wenger tipped for Marica swoop

Ciprian Marica left Schalke at the end of last season after two years there
Ciprian Marica left Schalke at the end of last season after two years there Credit: PA

Arsene Wenger looks on the verge of adding 27-year-old free agent forward Ciprian Marica to his squad, according to the Romanian's agent.

Giovani Becali said: "He is close to Arsenal, we’ll see this week. Marica is a very good striker, a Romanian national player who has great experience."

Draxler's cheeky assist sets up Raul

How about this for a cheeky assist from Schalke's Julian Draxler?

The German's clever touch set up Al Sadd striker Raul for Schalke's eighth during a 9-0 rout in Raul's testimonial match.

Raul scored twice, swapping teams at half-time to give German fans one last memory of him in a Schalke strip.

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Draxler going nowhere

Julian Draxler has turned down a lucrative move away from Schalke, according to Germany's Bild newspaper.

This is going to be the shortest season of my career, so far which is why I don't want to move elsewhere and have to settle in to new surroundings.

I'd rather play for Schalke in the Champions League and then fly out to Brazil for the World Cup with the national team.

– Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler

Schalke bring in Santana

Schalke have signed central defender Felipe Santana from local rivals Borussia Dortmund on a three-year contract.

The Brazilian requested a transfer from Dortmund earlier this week and the Champions League finalists did not want to stand in his way.

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