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Schalke 04 experienced a season to forget in the elapsed Bundesliga season. The resurgence project should now be implemented without the club icons Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (37) and Sead Kolasinac (27) who have been brought back. The royal blues announced on Thursday (June 3rd).

  • FC Schalke 04 is relegated to the 2nd Bundesliga
  • Knappen split from Huntelaar and Kolasinac
  • The decision was “without alternative”

FC Schalke 04 made this decision after “the current framework of squad planning and its development had been intensively examined”.

FC Schalke 04: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Sead Kolasinac have to go

The 37-year-old Dutchman Huntelaar is the most successful goalscorer (184 games, 84 goals) in Schalke’s Bundesliga history after Klaus Fischer (71). The attacker had returned in winter and had initially received a contract until the end of the season. Defensive all-rounder Kolasinac was loaned from Arsenal FC, the Bosnian comes from the Schalke youth team and played a total of 141 games for the professionals in two stages.

“This decision hurts us both in sport and human terms,” said sports director Peter Knäbel (54): “In view of the current budget and squad structure – all the known and publicly discussed challenges – there was no alternative. We have to be so honest. “

FC Schalke 04: Squires have found Kolasinac replacements

The Royal Blues have already provided a replacement on the outside: As S04 announced on Tuesday (June 1st), left-back Thomas Ouwejan (24) was loaned from AZ Alkmaar.

In the storm, the Schalke continue to rely on youngster Matthew Hoppe (22). The American scored six goals in 22 appearances in his first Bundesliga season.

In addition, the miners with second division record scorer and ex-FC attacker Simon Terodde (33) were able to commit an unerring nine-man who is supposed to shoot S04 back into the Bundesliga. (cw / sid)

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