Victor Pálsson joins S04, Florian Flick signs a pro deal

FC Schalke 04 have completed the signing of Victor Pálsson from SV Darmstadt 98. The central midfielder signed a two-year deal on Tuesday (25/5) and will join the Royal Blues at the start of pre-season. Both clubs agreed to keep the details of the transfer undisclosed.

Peter Knäbel und Victor Pálsson

“Victor’s qualities as a defensive midfielder include his tough tackling, strong physique, pace and dominance in the air,” said Peter Knäbel, board member for sport and communication. “We also believe that Victor can become an important member of the side off the pitch.”

We believe that Victor can become an important member of the side off the pitch.

Peter Knäbel

The 30-year-old is excited for his new challenge at Schalke: “I would like to be a leader both on and off the pitch. We will need to develop a completely new structure in the team and I want to play my part in that with my experience, so that we can win as many games as possible.”

Florian Flick

Flick signs a professional contract

The club have completed another piece of business in this position too. Florian Flick from the U23s, who has made the step up to the first team in recent weeks, signed his first professional contract on Tuesday (25/5). The Mannheim-born midfielder’s deal will also run for the next two seasons.

“Florian has seized his opportunity and proven his potential in the Bundesliga, after a solid season in the Regionalliga. His path to the first team underlines the value of the Knappenschmiede and our U23s,” said Knäbel. “The addition of Victor Pálsson and Florian Flick’s contract extension mean that Rouven Schröder and his team have been able to find early reinforcements for two key areas in the squad.”

Florian has seized his opportunity and proven his potential in the Bundesliga, after a solid season in the Regionalliga.

Peter Knäbel

“This is a dream come true for me,” said Flick. “I decided to come to Schalke last summer because I knew that strong performances would give me a real chance to move up the ranks to the first team. I want to pay back the trust the club has shown me next season.”

Pálsson has Bundesliga 2 experience

Victor Pálsson left home in Iceland to join the Aarhus academy as a 16-year.old. The midfielder then moved to Liverpool, before joining Hibernian FC in Scotland and, later, the New York Red Bulls. His career has also included stops at Helsingborg (Sweden), Esbjerg (Denmark) and Zürich (Switzerland) before signing for Darmstadt 98 in January 2019. Pálsson made 67 Bundesliga 2 appearances for Darmstadt, scoring six goals and setting up a further seven.

Florian Flick joined Waldhof Mannheim at age 15, where he moved up through the ranks of the club’s academy sides. He made his professional debut for Mannheim in 2018. Flick completed a move from the third-division side to Schalke U23s last summer.

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