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Monchengladbach signs Raffael

Borussia Monchengladbach has signed Brazilian midfielder Raffael, the club announced on Thursday.

Raffael, 28, was loaned to Schalke by Dynamo Kiev during the January transfer window with an eye toward a permanent move to the Royal Blues, but he will now spend his foreseeable future at Borussia Park after signing a four-year contract.

"By signing Raffael we have added a versatile and skillful new player, but the transfer was very complicated and that makes us even happier to have clinched it," Monchengladbach sporting director Max Ebrl said.

Raffael joined Kiev for eight millions euros from Hertha Berlin last summer after four seasons with the club.