Christian Heidel defended the transfer policy of FC Schalke 04 during the winter break. Despite a great shortage of personnel and some departures, the precinct club has committed only two new players for the remaining fifteen games in the round: the nearly ten million expensive stormers Rabbi Matondo (Manchester City) and Jeffrey Bruma from VfL Wolfsburg for the defensive. The commitment of another stormer was decided, Heidel explained. It’s no secret we wanted to hire another stormer. But in the end, the overall packages were not right,”says Heidel. The biggest obstacle proved to be the sums of relief called.
“We are talking about a two-figure million, we cannot afford that,” said the Schalker Sports Board. “We can’t afford that.” We will not take risks that later lead to risks. This is the norm of the association,”Heidel explained.
Coach Domenico Tedesco was satisfied with the decision. The injuries hurt, but we are well positioned and have a good frame,”said the Schalker Trainer.
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The 18-year-old Matondo, who came from Manchester City, is initially considered a medium to long-term solution. Whether he is already in the top game against Borussia Monk-ngladbach (18:30 o’clock) on Saturday, Tedesco left open: “He makes a good impression, is focused and determined. It’s in the juice. I can’t tell if he’s playing yet.”
Di-Santo’s departure from FC Schalke has become a last-minute crime
The staff situation in the switchboard storm remains tense. Breel Embolo, Guido Burgstaller and Steven Skrzybski are still missing due to injuries, the deported Franco Di Santo was handed over to the Spanish original Rayo Vallecano.
“It was well known that Franco was in Istanbul. This change has failed, however, and the reasons do not concern us. He came back. Then there was the request to switch to Spain. At 23:58 o’clock everything was perfect,”Heidel explains the last-minute goodbye of the Argentinean.
Only Mark Uth is fit, but the former Hoffenheimer used Tedesco last in the middle field.”The only one who is fit is Mark Uth. We see each other well,”said the coach anyway.
The cadre will also include the second new access Bruma on Saturday. The Dutchman, who rented Schalke from VfL Wolfsburg, is to act as a backup for the two interior defenders Matija Nastasic and Salif Sane.