Schalke have confirmed that Shkodran Mustafi will leave the club at the end of the season, just months after he joined from Arsenal.
Posting on their official website on Thursday, Schalke confirmed that Shkodran Mustafi is one of 10 players who will leave their first-team squad this summer.
Schalke still have one game left, away to FC Koln this weekend, with their relegation already confirmed. After that, Mustafi will be a free agent.
The German 29-year-old only signed a short-term deal in the first place, but it’s a sign of how his spell has gone that there’s no question he might extend it.
By contrast, Sead Kolasinac wasn’t listed among the players Schalke are letting go this summer. They named all four of their other loanees in the post, but left out Kolasinac, suggesting they’re hoping to keep him.
That’s consistent with recent reports from Germany and quotes from sporting director Peter Knäbel, claiming talks are ongoing to keep the player for longer than his initial loan spell.
Kolasinac would obviously need to make serious financial concessions to finalise his exit from North London back to Germany, and Arsenal may need to forego any kind of significant fee as well.
But the point is that Schalke are clearly trying to keep Kolasinac, unlike the other of their winter additions from Arsenal.