First training session: David Wagner happy, Ozan Kabak relished by fans
Around 1000 fans were in attendance on Monday (1/7) for David Wagner’s first training session with Schalke. It was clear to see that the new Royal Blues’ coach was full of joy during the opening session. “It’s great to be back here again,” said the coach, who more than 20 years ago was himself a Schalke player.
But Wagner did not want to put himself at the centre of attention during the run out. Rather, it was important for him to get to know the team and the staff as quickly as possible, according the 47-year-old. He who was supported by his new assistant coaches, Christoph Bühler, Frank Fröhling and Matthias Kreutzer, who also worked under Huub Stevens.
Ozan Kabak trains with mask
The fans were particularly keen to see Ozan Kabak, who was announced as Schalke’s newest signing yesterday. Wagner is very excited that the Turk will wear the Schalke shirt next season. “Ozan is one of the best defensive talents in Europe. Everyone knows which teams made every effort to try and sign him,” said the coach. Ozan Kabak was not to be overlooked during the session, but was rather hard to see. The Turk was wearing a mask, having suffered a facial injury during the second-leg of the relegation clash with Union Berlin.
Jonjoe Kenny, another signing, was not present today. The right-back, who has joined on loan from Everton, is still on holiday until 12th July, having recently played for the England U21s at the U21 European Championship in Italy and San Marino. As well as Kenny there are a few more players who were resting from recent international duty, including Alexander Nübel and Suat Serdar, who placed as runners-up in the U21 Euros last night.
The group that trained today was strengthened by four young talents: goalkeeper Krystian Wozniak and outfielders Sandro Plechaty, Görkem Can and Münir Levent Mercan (all U23). The fans were also excited about a returnee to the squad: Fabian Reese. The attacker was loaned out to SpVgg Greuther last season and has now returned to Schalke.