Team

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Dominick Drexler to train with the U23s until further notice

Head coach Karel Geraerts informed midfielder Dominick Drexler in a conversation on Tuesday (9/4) that he will be training with FC Schalke 04’s U23s until further notice.

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Raffael Tonello joins Schalke 04, Mathias Schober departs the club

As part of the club’s restructuring of the sporting management positions, another important decision has been made. Raffael Tonello, most recently chief scout at Watford, will take over as head of the academy and the club’s head youth scout. As part of this restructuring, the role of director of the Knappenschmiede and development is no longer required. As a result, Mathias Schober’s contract has ended with immediate effect.

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Timo Baumgartl demoted to U23s

Schalke head coach Karel Geraerts has informed Timo Baumgartl that he will no longer be part of the first-team squad. This decision will apply for rest of the 2023/24 season.

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André Hechelmann to leave FC Schalke 04 with immediate effect

Following open and honest discussions, FC Schalke 04’s executive board and André Hechelmann have agreed to part ways, in a decision shared on Wednesday (6/3). The 39-year-old will leave his position as technical director with immediate effect, with his duties set to be shared amongst the club’s governing body for the time being.

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Vitalie Becker signs first professional contract with Schalke 04

Another talent from the academy has committed his future to the Royal Blues. U19s player Vitalie Becker has signed a long-term senior contract with FC Schalke 04. The 18-year-old will officially be a member of S04’s senior team from 1st July 2024 and his contract is valid until 30th June 2027. The finer details will remain undisclosed.

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FC Schalke 04 loan out Sebastian Polter to SV Darmstadt 98

Sebastian Polter has completed an immediate loan move to SV Darmstadt 98 for the rest of the 2023/24 season, with a buy option for the striker also included. The terms of the deal are undisclosed.

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Brandon Soppy joins FC Schalke 04

FC Schalke 04 have signed Brandon Soppy on loan until the end of the 2023/24 season. The Frenchman is currently under contract at Atalanta, but has most recently been on loan at Torino FC. He will wear the number 21 shirt for the Royal Blues.

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Soichiro Kozuki moves on loan to Gornik Zabrze

Attacker Soichiro Kozuki has signed on loan for Polish first-division side Gornik Zabrze. The Japanese forward will spend the rest of year in Poland after one and a half years with S04. The 14-time Polish champions have also secured a buy option. If that is activated, FC Schalke 04 will have a buy-back clause available.

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Justin Heekeren joins Maasmechelen on loan

Goalkeeper Justin Heekeren will play for Patro Eisden Maasmechelen for the remainder of the 2023/24 season. FC Schalke 04 have loaned the 23-year-old, who made his 2. Bundesliga debut this season, to the fourth-placed side in the Belgian second tier.

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Darko Churlinov returns to FC Schalke 04

FC Schalke 04 have signed Darko Churlinov on loan from Burnley until the end of the 2023/24 season. The Royal Blues have also agreed a buy option to secure the creative and versatile attacker on a long-term basis.

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FC Schalke 04 end Niklas Tauer's loan spell early

1. FSV Mainz 05 and FC Schalke 04 have agreed to bring an early end to midfielder Niklas Tauer's loan move during the winter break. His contract was originally set to run until 30th June 2024.

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Sebastian Polter undergoes successful hernia operation – will miss the game against Greuther Fürth

Sebastian Polter underwent a successful operation on Monday (11/12) after a hernia. The striker will therefore be unavailable for the final game of 2023 against SpVgg Greuther Fürth on Friday.