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Climbing done, everything easy? Not in Schalke. Those responsible have a lot to do after the return of the famous Bundesliga. Not everything is going as intended. Regarding the main sponsor, there could be a move soon.

The boss isn’t in sight yet, and there wasn’t enough money for an upgrade hero and he needs a new main sponsor Schalke 04 Soon too.

Despite a faster return to the Bundesliga, a difficult summer with pioneering decisions awaits those in charge of sporting director Rauven Schroeder. Despite the return of the First Division, everything in the traditional club of the Ruhr region is not what it used to be. This can be painful at times, but it can also be an advantage.

In the past there was a lot of media speculation about open training positions at Schalke, but the situation is surprisingly calm at the moment. With hardly anything reaching the public, the search for a successor to interim coach Mike Buskins is taking place almost exclusively behind closed doors. In Thomas Letsch of Vitesse Arnheim or Daniel Farke, also associated with Borussia Mönchengladbach, the names circulated from time to time. So far, the rumors aren’t really concrete.

When it comes to team planning, a lot is open

There’s also a lot open when it comes to team planning. The situation in the transfer market is complicated. How complicated is that that Ko Itakura has shown recently. The Japanese were among the top players at Schalke in the promotion season. The player himself, officials and fans wanted the defender on loan from Manchester City to stay. A fixed transfer fee of six million euros was too much for Schalke. In the past, the Revierclub may have taken the risk. not today.

“We don’t want to talk about it – at this point in time, when many team decisions still have to be carried out, we haven’t been able to make the purchase option,” Schroeder explained. “The scale was simply too large and would have exceeded the framework that we had carefully laid out.”

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The many team decisions he talked about relate to nearly every part of the team. There has long been speculation about former Bielefeld goalkeeper Stefan Ortega as the new regular goalkeeper. The 29-year-old can move for free, but can claim a decent salary after strong years in the Bundesliga.

RB Leipzig midfielder Tom Krause is also being traded. A new coach in defense is being sought after Itakura’s departure, and the quick and agile striker will be a good addition to the second division’s record goalscorer Simon Terodi.

Possible change of main sponsor

How much leeway Schalke will ultimately have in the transfer market depends on several factors. One of them: what happens to returning loan players who no longer have a future at Gelsenkirchen but are still on the payroll? Among other things, it concerns Amin Harit, was Bozdogan, Ozan Kabak or Rabbi Matondo.

It’s also unclear how much money Schalke might be planning to get from a major sponsor in the near future. The chair of the supervisory board of the Vivawest real estate group, which succeeded Gazprom, expressed opposition to the continued commitment as the main sponsor. This collaboration was planned from the outset as a temporary partnership. According to media reports, the contract runs until 2023.

Schalke CEO Bernd Schroeder said the club, which generally wants to work with Vivawest for a longer period of time, is currently talking to potential new partners: “And yes, it is also about a possible change in the position of main sponsor. Nothing has been decided yet. “. One thing is clear: the decision will make the sporting director’s job easier.

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