After relegation with Schalke 04, Michael Frey (Antwerp) and Eder Balanta (Club Brugge) return to Belgium

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Schalke says goodbye to eight players, the German club reports on Wednesday afternoon. Michael Frey (Antwerp) and Eder Balanta (Club Brugge) return to Belgium, Jere Uronen (ex-Genk) to parent club Brest. Alexander Schwolow, Alex Kral, Maya Yoshida, Tom Krauss and Moritz Jenz also leave the relegated team.

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The 28-year-old Frey was only hired in January with a purchase option. The Swiss initially had a lot of playing time, but it was simply impossible to score. That is why Schalke decided not to permanently attract the striker. Balanta was also only brought to the German club in January, who rented him without a purchase option. The 30-year-old Colombian was never convincing and was not even in the selection of German coach Thomas Reis in the last seven league games.

Jere Uronen managed to keep a clean sheet in the league for four games in a row after his arrival in January as left wing back. The problem was that Schalke did not score once in those four games, so those games ended in a draw. After that, the 28-year-old Finn struggled with the adductor muscles and could not prevent the German club from dropping out of the Bundesliga.

Maya Yoshida was taken over from Sampdoria on a free transfer last summer. The Japanese international played every minute in Gelsenkirchen until the 27th round and even became captain for a while, but was then removed from the team. So he also has to look for another club. He got behind the German keeper Alexander Schwolow, who was hired from Hertha in June. In 23 games he had to turn around no less than 58 times. Tom Krauss and Alex Kral were also hired in June. The young midfielders both played more than thirty games, the most of any departure this season. Moritz Jenz struggled with injuries and returns to Lorient.

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