FC Schalke 04 had to get rid of it – concerns about this former S04 star are growing more and more
When will this former player of Schalke 04 He finally returned to his old strength?
At Manchester City, he had once developed into a central defender at European level. However, due to a severe knee injury, he lost his usual spot with the Citizens and joined in 2015 Schalke 04.
Schalke 04: Concerns about the former S04 star
At the Royal Blues, he did well initially before his injury and was one of the best defenders in the Bundesliga. But even at Schalke, he was not spared the misfortune of injuries.
In 2016, a torn Achilles tendon cost him nearly all season. In the following seasons too, he suffered injuries time and time again. The sad ending: With a calf injury, he missed almost the entire second half of last season and had to watch how Schalke relegated to the second division.
Schalke 04 fans will guess who he is: Mateja Nastasic.
After landing, Schalke quickly realized that Nastasic had to be sold. After all, his princely salary was one of S04’s senior staff and he would clearly exceed the salary budget of a second-tier club.
From Schalke to Florence
Thus Schalke sold the Serbs, who previously cost nearly 10 million euros, to AC Florence for 500,000 euros. Nastasic was under contract with Fiorentina before moving to Manchester City. In Tuscany he finally wanted to find his old class.
Instead, the former Schalke 04 player continues to struggle with injuries and is still searching for his former form. He participated in only four matches in 23 league matches. He only appeared once in the starting lineup.
Nastasic’s ex-Schalke return to old form?
His compatriot Nikola Milinkovic is the defense official in Florence. Next to him in defense is the Argentine Lucas Martinez-Quarta or the Brazilian Igor. Nastasic is only #4 in this build.
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But who knows: perhaps the former Schalke 04 player will still get a job or two during the second half of the season, when the legs of the regular players get heavier. After all, Fiorentina wants to assert itself in the fight for places in the European Cup. And this is where coach Vincenzo Italo’s team can use every healthy player.
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