Schalke sporting director Jochen Schneider said the club spent months in discussions with Nübel and his representatives, trying to convince him he'd be central to the club's future. But he wants to leave.
“We're not very surprised by his decision and obviously respect it,” sporting director Jochen Schneider said in a statement. “However that doesn't mean we necessarily understand his decision.” Schneider added that he's sure Nübel will stay fully focused for Schalke for the rest of the season. Schalke is fifth in the Bundesliga and fighting for a spot in next season's Champions League.
Nübel captained Schalke in all of its first 15 games this season before being sent off for a studs-up challenge to Mijan Gacinovic's chest in last week's game against Frankfurt. He's served two games of a four-game ban.
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