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OFFICIAL: Marko Pjaca joins Schalke on loan

January 4, 2018 - 11:33 pm

Marko Pjaca has officially joined German side Schalke on loan until the end of the season.

The move had been touted for a few days, and despite late interest from Wolfsburg, it’s thought that Schalke presented the more attractive proposal.

The Croatian winger has missed much of the season due to a knee injury and spent recent months playing with the Primavera to return to full fitness.

A statement on Schalke’s website from Coach Domenico Tedesco confirmed the move:

“We’re glad that Marko has chosen us because several clubs were interested in him. He brings more quality to our team. Marko can be used in a variety of positions. He can play right or left and in attack. He’s also robust and quick.

Sporting director Christian Heidel added: “Marko really wanted to join us. We’re certain that he’ll help us immediately.”

Speaking after the move was announced, Marko explained the reasons behind choosing Schalke:

“I spoke to Benedikt Howedes about Schalke a lot, and he had so many positive things to say about the club and the fans here,” Pjaca told Schalke TV.

“The Coach has told me a lot about his playing style and I liked that. Now I’m just hoping for as many games as possible.”

The 22-year-old joined the Bianconeri in 2016 but has only featured in 20 games, scoring 1 goal. Despite his scant playing time, Max Allegri has often spoken highly of the player and he is believed to be in the plans of the Juve coach for the future.

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