DUSSELDORF – Goalkeeper Alexander Nubel will not renew his contract and will leave Schalke after the season amid speculation he could move on to champions Bayern Munich.
Nubel, 23, made his Bundesliga debut in October 2018 and became first-choice keeper in January 2019. He was named team captain by new coach David Wagner in summer, and club officials had hoped he would stay on as one of the faces of a resurgent team.
Sports director Jochen Schneider expressed disappointment in a club statement Sunday.
"After all the talks we held with Alexander Nubel and his adviser over the past months we are not surprised about his decision and of course we respect it. But we we don't have to understand his decision," Scheider said.
"We made it clear to Alex that he would have had a key role in the future: as goalkeeper and captain leading a team with many young players which has won a lot of sympathy during the first half of the season."