DUSSELDORF – Schalke have renewed the contract of coach Domenico Tedesco by three years until 2022, while defender Thilo Kehrer is set to be the next player to leave the Bundesliga club.
Schalke said on Sunday that Tedesco had received a new long-term deal after leading them to third place and into the Champions League in his debut campaign 2017-18.
"Continuity is an important fundamental for the goals we have set ourselves in the coming years. Particularly when it comes to the manager, who from a sporting perspective is the most important man at the football club for me," sporting director Christian Heidel said.
Tedesco said: "I have always said that I feel completely at home here. I love working with this team, it's so much fun because they are always ready to take the next step so that we can develop ourselves on a sporting level."
Schalke's previous coaches Markus Weinzierl (2016-17) and Andre Breitenreiter (2015-16) had lasted only one season each.
In another statement, Schalke said that they have agreed with Paris Saint-Germain on a transfer of the young defender Kehrer to the French champions, pending the mandatory medical.
No details were given, but the Bild newspaper placed the transfer fee at 17 million euros (19.4 million dollars) for the 21-year-old Kehrer. PSG are coached by German Thomas Tuchel.
Heidel said that "the transfer fee for a player whose contract expires next year prompted us to support this transfer."
Midfielders Max Meyer (Crystal Palace) and Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich) also left the club ahead of the season which starts next weekend.