Rabbi Matondo signs a four-year contract until June 30th, 2023
A huge British talent has signed for the Royal Blues: FC Schalke 04 have signed Rabbi Matondo from the current English champions Manchester City. The 18-year-old has been given a four-year contract, which will expire on June 30th, 2023. He will wear the number 14 shirt. Both clubs have agreed to keep the deal private.
“We are delighted that in the last few weeks we have been able to convince Rabbi that signing for us is the correct decision,” explained sporting director Christian Heidel. “We are happy that he has chosen to be part of the future we are planning at Schalke.”
Head coach Domenico Tedesco commented: “We have been interested in Rabbi for a long time, because we are impressed with his potential: He is extremely quick and technically strong. We can’t forget how young he is though. We will give him the time he needs to find his feet at Schalke and in the Bundesliga.”
Schalke 04 is the right decision for my career.
“Before coming here I already knew a bit about Schalke 04: Mesut Özil, Ivan Rakitic and Leroy Sané all took big steps in their careers here,” said new signing Rabbi Matondo. “As well as that, I had some good chats with the coach and my new teammates only had good things to say. The Bundesliga is a great league too. Schalke 04 is the right decision for my career and I’m happy to now be a part of this club and their future plans.”
The Welsh international (he made his debut in the 1-0 defeat against Albania on November 20th, 2018) signed for Manchester City from Cardiff City’s youth academy in 2016. He was one of the most consistent performers in Man City’s U21s side, scoring six goals and making four in his eleven appearances this season. The youngster appeared in all six group games in the UEFA Youth League, scoring once and registering one assist. Matondo has also regularly trained with Pep Guardiola’s first team.
Rabbi Matondo was born in Liverpool on September 9th, 2000. His parents come from DR Congo, meaning he could have represented Congo, Wales or England internationally.