Official: Eder Balanta leaves Club Brugge and moves to Schalke 04: “Gain international experience”

Eder Balanta (29) is officially a Schalke 04 player: the Colombian will play on a rental basis in the Bundesliga until the end of the season. Without a purchase option, that is. “He will relieve the pressure on our defense,” said Schalke coach Thomas Reis.

Junior Verbeeke

Balanta has not been part of Scott Parker’s plans in recent weeks, who left him next to the core of the competition several times. And that is why the Colombian midfielder is now taking on a challenge in the Bundesliga. “With Eder we get the necessary flexibility, international experience and physical presence. That will certainly do our selection good and give the coach more opportunities,” said sporting director Peter Knäbel (Schalke 04). Coach Thomas Reis is also happy with his arrival. “We get a defensive midfielder who is strong one-on-one, and who is characterized by his physical style of play,” it sounds. “I am convinced that the way he plays will reduce the pressure on our defense.”

Without option

The Colombian played 112 times for Club Brugge, without really becoming an undisputed titular. He arrived at blue-black in 2019. Balanta arrived in the Ruhr area on Tuesday afternoon. There he signed a lease until the end of the season. The clubs did not agree on a purchase option, so Balanta is under contract with Club Brugge for one more year this summer.

In the Bundesliga, Balanta will fight against relegation: Schalke is last with ten points, and must do everything possible to ensure retention. Frey, ex-Antwerp, also started working there this winter.

This contains embedded content from a social media network that wants to write or read cookies. You have not given permission for this.

Previous Post

Another setback for Christian Eriksen: Manchester United has to do without a Danish midfielder for three months

Next Post

Vincent Kompany takes 18-year-old attacker away from Anderlecht: Enock Agyei opts for Burnley next season

Related Posts