Sead Kolasinac has put pen to paper on a new four-year contract with Schalke after breaking into the first team last season.
After following the path of Julian Draxler from youth team to first team, the Germany Under-21 international was eager to extend his stay at the club after making 19 appearances last season.
The 20-year-old made his debut in September and impressed enough to earn a regular spot in the first team, also making two UEFA Champions League appearances against Montpellier and Galatasaray, and insisted there was never any doubt in him signing a new contract.
“It was not a tough decision,” he said. “I’ve felt really happy here at Schalke since day one.
“In recent years, lots of talented players have made it from the youth academy into the first team and then gone on to improve impressively,” he added. “I want to carry on improving and mature both on and off the field, and I’ve just the right surroundings to do that here with Schalke.”
Sporting director Horst Heldt praised the announcement as a significant step for his club and believes both Kolsainac and Schalke will continue to develop next season.
“Sead played a great season in his first real year in the Bundesliga,” he said. “He improved month on month and even established himself as a first-team regular in the second half of the season. He managed that because he’s an ambitious player and has a great mentality which we desperately need here at Schalke.”