The saga involving Leon Goretzka, Schalke and Bochum has come to an end. Goretzka will leave his childhood club for brighter pastures as a part of the Royal Blues.
As a growing star, Goretzka felt a move to top flight football would help him improve and prove himself against some of the best that Germany can offer. But according to Der Westen, VfL Bochum refused to pay a 2.8 million Euro transfer fee, wanting to keep the budding star until his contract expires in 2016.
The young midfielder decided to take matters into his own hands and filed a lawsuit against Bochum for not releasing him to the powerhouse club in Gelsenkirchen after negotiations were going nowhere.
But there was finally a breakthrough in the turbulence this past weekend. Der Westen reported Schalke manager Horst Heldt went to VfL Bochum’s ground to start negotiations with the team this Sunday.
Three and a half hours later, Goretzka’s name was taken off the lineup sheet for a friendly match against Preussen Muenster for Daniel Engelbrecht. Heldt and Schalke announced that the move has been made, and Goretzka will be on the blue side of the Revierderby next season.
The 18 year-old wunderkind was a prominent figure for the 2. Bundesliga side, scoring four goals, nabbing four assists and starting 32 league matches in his first season with Bochum’s senior side.
He played with the Bochum and German national youth squads since the turn of the millennium before finally making his presence felt in second tier German football. He was also the winner of the Fritz Walter Medal in the under 17 category last year.
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