Schalke 04 has just made it official. Sead Kolasinac will return to Gelsenkirchen on a six-month loan. The German Bundesliga club have confirmed they paid a €2.2m loan fee to bring the Gunners defender back to the Bundesrepublik.
|Sead Kolasinac.||Photo: Chensiyuan, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0|
the rumors leaked earlier today found quick confirmation. Germany’s Knappen has released an official statement corroborating a deal to bring Sead Kolasnic, 27, from Karlsruhe back to the Ruhrpott for a second stint. The Bosnian-born German defender returns to the club that developed him through its youth academy.
“We have worked intensively to secure the return of Sead Kolasinac and we are really proud that a real Schalke guy is coming home,” sporting director Jochen Schneider said in his statement. “Sead embodies the values that characterize Schalke 04; those that are essential for the fight to stay in the championship: irrepressible will and strength of character.”
In his own statement, Kolasinac expressed his optimism that he will be able to help his former club achieve their goals for the season.
“I am very happy and proud to be able to put on the Schalke shirt again with immediate effect. The club is currently in a very difficult situation. In the weeks and months to come, I want to do my part to help us get as many points as possible.”
“Together we will manage to stay in the championship,” continued Kolasinac, “I am 100% convinced of that. My contact with Schalke has never ceased. A return to Gelsenkirchen is an opportunity to follow my heart.”
The new acquisition will have to wait until round 15 to make his debut for the club. While it is presumed he will have to fill a leadership role, the club have been careful to point out that Omar Mascarell will remain as the team’s captain.