Belfast Telegraph

Schalke clinch Nastasic deal

Schalke have agreed a deal to sign on-loan Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic on a permanent basis.

The Serbia international joined the Bundesliga side in January and Press Association Sport understands the loan was structured with a view to the 21-year-old remaining with the club full-time if he made a certain number of appearances.

Schalke announced on their website Nastasic has committed to a contract until June 2019.

"I am proud and happy that I remain a Schalke," the centre-back told schalke04.de.

"The team did very well taking me from day one, I was immediately a part of the team.

"In the future I would like to help us to achieve our goals as a team."

Nastasic, a product of Partizan Belgrade's academy, moved to City from Fiorentina for a reported £12million in August 2012 and was named the club's young player of the year in his first season.

However, his second campaign was less successful as a knee injury cut short his season in February, although he finished with a Premier League winners' medal.

Nastasic made the last of his 51 appearances for the club in the Community Shield defeat to Arsenal in August.

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph