Jean-Clair Todibo joins FC Schalke 04 for the rest of the season
FC Schalke 04 have signed Jean-Clair Todibo from FC Barcelona for the remainder of the 2019/20 season. The 20-year-old (30th December 1999) will wear the number 21 shirt at the Royal Blues.
“We said during the training camp in Spain that we would only be active in the market if something opened up that would help us,” explained head coach David Wagner. “That’s definitely the case for Jean-Clair Todibo, who is one of the best young central defenders in Europe. Since Benjamin Stambouli’s recovery is taking a little longer than we had all hoped, it makes sense to bring in another central defender. He can also play in defensive midfield. We will all do our best to support him in the development of his clear potential. We’re looking forward to having him.”
With his technical and physical ability, and his understanding of the game, Jean-Clair is a very exciting player.
Head of sport Jochen Schneider: “With his technical and physical ability, and his understanding of the game, Jean-Clair is a very exciting player, who at just 20 years still has plenty of potential to develop. For that reason, we’re happy that he will at least be with us for the next six months.”
After signing his contract on Wednesday evening, Jean-Clair Todibo: “The club’s management convinced me of their project, seeking success with young players. That’s why I chose to join Schalke 04.”
The French U20 international joined FC Les Lilas aged eight, before joining FC Toulouse’s academy in 2016. He made his debut for the club in a 2-1 win against Bordeaux in Ligue 1 on 19th August 2019. After nine additional appearances in the French top-flight, in which Todibo scored one goal, he signed for Barcelona in January 2019. He has featured four times in La Liga for the Catalan side, as well as one appearance in the Champions League.