Interview

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Amine Harit: I have learned a lot

Amine Harit has come through a tough period in his life. The 22-year-old is now highly motivated again and is looking to regain his form from his debut Bundesliga season. The Moroccan discussed learning German, his aims for the new season and what gives him strength off the pitch.

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Weston McKennie: Contract extension 'not a difficult decision'

The last few weeks have been quite eventful for Weston McKennie. The 20- year-old extended his contract and finished runner up at the Gold Cup after captaining the US national team in the final. In an interview with schalke04.de, the midfielder looks back on a busy summer and talks about the future.

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Suat Serdar: The extra running is helping me improve

Together with Alexander Nübel, Suat Serdar took home a silver medal with Germany at the U21 European Championship. Following that, he went on holiday and recharged his batteries before making a planned late start into training. In an interview with schalke04.de, the midfielder spoke about the priorities in Mittersill, the loss in the finals against Spain, his first year in a Schalke jersey and the upcoming season.

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Nassim Boujellab: Always believed my chance would come

Nassim Boujellab successfully made the leap into the first team a few months ago. In an interview with schalke04.de, the midfielder spoke about his first few months as a professional, his favourite position, the support from Gerald Asamoah and Torsten Fröhling, as well as his new jersey number.

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Daniel Caligiuri: The goal is now closer than it was before

Due to groin problems that have troubled him since the end of last season, Daniel Caligiuri has had to train individually during the pre-season. Now, the German-Italian midfielder is back with the team on the pitch. The 31-year-old spoke to schalke04.de about making his return against FC Bologna, how the opening goal came about and the hectic closing stages.

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Omar Mascarell: I’m going into the new season with confidence

Despite a demanding pre-season, Omar Mascarell has had a smile on his face in every training session. Speaking to schalke04.de, the midfielder touched on his debut season in Royal Blue, his anticipation ahead of the new season, the focus during the training camp in Mittersill and looked ahead to the game against Villarreal CF.

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Jonas Carls: Learning everyday and enjoying every second

Last season, Jonas Carls was a key player in the Royal Blues’ U23 side and can already smell the Bundesliga air. Just a few weeks ago the left-back was given a professional contract. In an interview with schalke04.de, the 22-year-old spoke about the jump from the Oberliga to the Bundesliga, his sporting journey up until now, tough competition within the Royal Blues youth teams and the aims for the coming months.

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Mark Uth: I can't wait to fight for our colours again

Mark Uth would have imagined a very different outcome to his first full season at FC Schalke 04. He missed more than a dozen games due to injury, but is currently working hard on his comeback. schalke04.com sat down with the 27-year-old to discuss his recovery, his impressions of the new coaching team and his personal goals for the new season.

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Ahmed Kutucu: I live and breathe FC Schalke 04

After scoring two goals in the opening friendly of the summer away against Rot-Weiß Oberhausen, Ahmed Kutucu has made an exceptional start to pre-season. However, the 19 year-old certainly doesn’t want to overvalue those goals. In an interview with schalke04.de, the young striker spoke about his first season as professional footballer, balancing football and school, new Royal Blues head coach David Wagner and helping old friend and new teammate Ozan Kabak settle into his new surroundings.

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Benjamin Stambouli: Team spirit has been great in our first few sessions

Benjamin Stambouli spent the free time this summer with his family, recharging his batteries. The 28-year-old is now raring go and take on the challenges that lie ahead. In an interview with schalke04.de, the Frenchman talked about the first few days back after the summer break, his holiday, his new teammate Ozan Kabak and the friendly in Oberhausen.

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Ozan Kabak: Passionate and emotional

At the club’s annual general meeting (AGM) on Sunday, FC Schalke 04 announced the signing of 19-year-old Turkish centre-back Ozan Kabak from VfB Stuttgart. Just a day later, the new Royal Blue trained with his new teammates for the first time. In his first interview with schalke04.de, Kabak spoke about why he chose to join Schalke, his first six months in the Bundesliga, close friend Ahmed Kutucu, his new surroundings in Gelsenkirchen and his aims for the upcoming months.

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Salif Sané: I should bring a medal back with me to training

While the majority of Royal Blues are on their holidays, Salif Sané is taking part in the Africa Cup of Nations this summer. In an interview with schalke04.de, the centre-back talks about his team’s chances ahead of the start of the tournament, experiences from the 2018 World Cup and messages from his Schalke teammates.

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Suat Serdar: We’ve worked hard ahead of achieving our main aim

As Germany U21s prepare to face Denmark on Monday in their opening U21 European Championship group match (21:00 CEST), schalke04.de spoke to Royal Blues midfielder Suat Serdar ahead of the tournament in Italy and San Marino. Serdar spoke about his aims for the tournament, provides an insight into the team’s training and reflects on the U20 World Cup in South Korea two years ago.

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Michael Langer: Important role despite not playing

Michael Langer has extended his soon-to-be-expiring contract until 30th June 2021. In an interview with schalke04.com, the Royal Blues goalkeeper talks about his extension, his role in the team, the mid-season goalkeeper switch and funding team dinners with friendly competition.

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Sascha Riether: I identified myself with Schalke every single day

Schalke’s 0-0 draw with VfB Stuttgart was a special day for Sascha Riether. The 36 year old only played a few minutes, but was celebrated during and after the match. The defender spoke to schalke04.de about the end of his career, his emotions and feelings on his substitution into the game, the parting gift from his teammates and his plans for the future.

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Alexander Nübel: A different feeling at breakfast

Alexander Nübel has been hugely impressive in the past few weeks in goal for S04. In an interview with schalke04.de, the keeper discussed the current mood in camp, the match versus FC Augsburg and his new role.

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Daniel Caligiuri: We can’t rest on our laurels after the derby win

Daniel Caligiuri played a huge part in the derby victory, scoring twice. This, however, wasn’t his first great performance against the Black and Yellows. The 31-year-old has been involved in seven goals in his last four meetings with BVB. Schalke04.de spoke to him about the moments before his penalty, his free-kick that made it 3-1 and the significance of the game.

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Matija Nastasic: The craziest game of my career

Matija Nastasic still gets goose bumps when he thinks back to the derby from last season. The defender spoke about that game, his experiences of derby games in England, and the biggest derby in Serbia in an interview with schalke04.de.

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Sebastian Rudy: We need to be clever at the back and take our chances

For seven years, Sebastian Rudy played for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. The midfielder has fond memories of his time at TSG. The 29-year-old spoke with schalke04.de about the match on Saturday (20/4, 20:30 CEST) and how to deal with increasing amount of pressure on the team.

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Suat Serdar: We are only looking at ourselves

Suat Serdar missed out on the match against 1. FC Nürnberg following his red card against Eintracht Frankfurt. On Saturday (20/4), Huub Stevens has the midfielder available again for the clash with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. In an interview with schalke04.de, the Germany U21s player discussed the upcoming fixture, his suspension and his first two goals for the Royal Blues.