Marko Pjaca joins on loan from Juventus

Another new Royal Blue winter break signing: Marko Pjaca has joined Schalke 04 from Juventus until the end of the season on a loan deal. The agreement with the Italian champions does not include an option to buy. The Croatian was present on Thursday at Schalke’s training camp in Benidorm and had already passed his medical.

“We are very pleased that Marko has chosen to join us,” said Domenico Tedesco, “because many clubs were interested in him. He brings some very special qualities to our team. He can be used in a number of positions. He can play right as well as left, as a number 8 or even up top. He is robust and is quick too.” Christian Heidel explained: “Marko wanted to come to us. We are confident he will be able to help us straight away.”

He can play right as well as left, as a number 8 or even up top.

Domenico Tedesco

The 22-year-old ruptured his cruciate ligament in an international with Estonia last March and despite being named in the Juventus squad for a series of Serie A league games in the last few months he has not yet made an appearance. He made his comeback in the second team, where he was able to impress Domenico Tedesco, “We watched him in the final few games and he has convinced us completely,” said the Royal Blue boss.

Pjaca moved to Turin in the summer of 2016, and won the double in his first season, making 19 appearances and scoring one goal before picking up his injury. He had also won the double at his previous club Dynamo Zagreb in 2015 and 2016. In all he scored 28 goals in 92 competitive games. He also represented Croatia at the 2016 European Championships and has 1 goal in 13 caps for his country.

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