Schalke 04 have committed the first access for the rebuilding after the very likely relegation. Midfielder Danny Latza returns to the Royal Blues from league rivals FSV Mainz 05.
The 31-year-old, who was trained in the Schalke youth team, is transferring free of charge and has signed a two-year contract, which, according to the club, will be extended by one year in the event of promotion.
“From summer I want to help and ensure that more successful times begin again,” said Latza: “Schalke has always been a place for me where passionate fighters have been valued by the fans. My clear goal is to do just that here To provide proof. “
Interim sports director Peter Knäbel assessed the commitment as a “positive sign for the entire club in this challenging phase”. The fact that the midfielder is ready to go to the second division shows “his great identification with Schalke”.
Latza could not prevail in Gelsenkirchen and moved to Mainz in the second division in 2015 via Darmstadt 98 and VfL Bochum. There, the U19 European champions played 145 Bundesliga games in 2008 and rose to become captain.