Germans Director Knabel officially confirms defender now heading back to Arsenal
Sead Kolasinac will NOT sign permanently for Schalke following his loan spell with the German club, and they have confirmed that he is heading back to the Arsenal
Kolasinac had seen his game time at the Emirates under Mikel Arteta dwindle down to virtually none, and he had struggled to make any sort of impact on the first team.
That opened the door for a potential move in the January window, and after a few weeks of talks, German outfit Schalke quickly swooped in and offered the defender an escape route to the Bundesliga, which he has quickly taken
Schalke held a £7.2million purchase clause in the deal and they were reportedly hoping that the left-back would stay on a more permanent basis.
Sporting director Peter Knabel has confirmed the player’s exit, and The left-back now returns to Arsenal having been part of a side relegated from the Bundesliga.
He was quoted on the SUN: “This decision hurts us both in sport and human terms.
“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. In view of the short preparation and the early start of the season, we cannot afford a week-long hang-up game either, but have to make decisions for Schalke 04 now.
“That’s why we decided on this clear cut.”
It is a shame that Kolasinac did not agree a deal to stay with the Germans as a return to the Emirates means he will sit on the bench, or even get relegated to that reserve squad if he cannot get a more permanent move away.