First session for Salif Sané
There’s a new face at Schalke! Salif Sané took part in his first training session as a Royal Blue on Saturday when the 27-year-old, who moved from Hannover 96 in the summer, completed an individual program with fitness coach Ruwen Fuller ahead of the friendly with Schwarz-Weiß Essen. After the session, the Senegal international made the trip to the Uhlenkrug stadium with the rest of his teammates. The defender is not yet fully a part of the squad, however, and will watch on from the touchlines.
After playing in the World Cup, Sané agreed with the club that he could spend until Friday 20th July recharging his batteries ahead of participating in the pre-season. The defender is now looking forward to getting to know his new teammates.
Unfortunate World Cup exit
The World Cup didn’t go as planned for Sané and his compatriots. Despite a string of good performances, Senegal were sent packing before the knockout stages had even begun. The West African nation were level on goal difference and points with Japan after three games, but the Fair Play rule stopped them from progressing to the Last 16. As Japan had picked up fewer yellow cards, they went through as second in the group behind Colombia.
Impressive individual performances
Sané himself had a very successful tournament, despite the early exit. The defender played the full 90 minutes across all three group games and proved himself to be very strong in the tackle. Against Japan in particular he won every single one of the challenges that he attempted.
As the last Schalke player to have been involved in the World Cup, Breel Embolo is expected back in Gelsenkirchen over the coming days. The striker reached the Last 16 with Switzerland, but unfortunately fell to Sweden 1-0.