It’s all about damage control!
After the almost certain relegation, Schalke had to delete Sebastian Rudy (31 / on loan to Hoffenheim until the end of the season) from the payroll.
A return of the mega-flop from the managerial era of Christian Heidel (57 / again Mainz) cannot afford the clammy club. But divorce will also be expensive …
Heidel’s biggest transfer mistake: is € 2.9 million enough to get rid of Rudy?
In 2018, the then sports director had brought the midfield star for 16 million euros from Bavaria. According to BILD information, Rudy (contract until 2022) would also be entitled to around 6 million euros in salary in the second division.
► Completely excluded that Hoffenheim suddenly pays the 31-year-old a similar fee and Schalke a transfer fee.
► Almost certain that sports director Peter Knäbel (54) will have to give Rudy money again. The deal with the current loan: Schalke took over around 2.9 million euros of the 6 million euros, Hoffenheim carries around 2.1 million euros, the ex-national player waives one million.
Knäbel will of course fight for better conditions, haggle for every penny. But his negotiating position is doubly bad.
► Corona has also infected the transfer market. Each club has a lot less cash.
► Everyone knows that Debt-Schalke (€ 217 million lousy) has to get rid of its big earners at all costs.