Marko Pjaca is getting advice from his countrymen

Marko Pjaca has been part of the Royal Blues’ squad for over two months now. The Croatia international will continue to be so until the end of the season. The Juventus loanee has already showed how he can help the club with his key goals.

So far, the attacker has had six appearances in total for Schalke with two goals to his name. It was crucial for Pjaca to integrate quickly in Gelsenkirchen. “I found a flat ten minutes after joining the club,” reported the Croatian who wants to make his World Cup squad.

I enjoy having space to play in

Marko Pjaca

“If I’m on my own, I like spending time chilling out,” said Pjaca. “I often get visitors, whether that’s my mother, my girlfriend or a few friends.” His teammates have made his integration easier. Marko often plays PlayStation with Breel Embolo and said: “I feel very happy at Schalke and am delighted to have come here.”

His reasoning for choosing Schalke comes down mainly to Domenico Tedesco. “I spoke to Domenico a lot,” said Pjaca. Also, Pjaca spoke to two of his fellow countrymen with Bundesliga experience. “I spoke to Mario Mandzukic about the difference between football in Italy and Germany and Andrej Kramaric at Hoffenheim who told me about the Bundesliga,” he explained. “Mario told me that teams are more attacking in the Bundesliga and, as a forward, you have more space. That was a big reason for me moving. I like having space as that’s when I feel I can cause the most problems.” After netting twice at the VELTINS Arena, Marko hopes to make his mark on the road – maybe he can get on the scoresheet in Wolfsburg.

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