Arsenal left-back Sead Kolasinac wants to stay at Schalke beyond this season. The 27-year-old joined the German outfit on-loan on a short term deal. But he wants to stay at the Veltins-Arena.
With opportunities hard to come by at the Emirates, the Bosnia & Herzegovina international took a significant pay cut and returned to his former club.
Schalke are currently bottom of the Bundesliga and 9 points adrift of safety. They need to go on an incredible run to avoid being relegated for the first time since 1998. It would be a great escape if they can avoid the drop.
Kolasinac, who spent five years with the Bundesliga outfit, before joining the Gunners in 2017. Since his arrival at Schalke, he has been given the responsibility of wearing the captain’s armband. Although he has only kept one clean sheet in his first six games since re-joining, he is a popular figure at the club and wants to stay there beyond this season.
Schalke’s director on Kolasinac’s future:
Sead Kolasinac will stay at Gelsenkirchen beyond this season only if Schalke avoids the drop. And it is a big if. They have only one of their 20 league games this season and have a paltry eight points to their name.
Speaking to RUHR 24, Schalke’s Sport Director Jochen Schneider revealed their desire to keep Kolasinac. He said:
“That is our absolute dream. He’s an incredibly good guy, lives for the club, pushes and pulls the cart. Sead embodies Schalke like no other. Of course, it is our wish to keep him until the end of his career and beyond.”
And even if Schalke avoids relegation this season, the club have struggled financially in recent months because of the troubles brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.
Kolasinac Arsenal’ career looks to be over
The Bosnian will enter the final year of his Arsenal contract this summer. And the Gunners are likely to offload him this summer in the hope of getting some fee for him than take a risk of letting him go for free 12 months after.
Injuries and poor form ravaged Kolasinac’s Arsenal career. He joined the Gunners after an impressive season for Schalke, where he contributed 3 goals and 5 assists in his final season. But he only played 78 league games out of a possible 152, scoring 2 and providing 11 assists over four years. The likes of Bukayo Saka, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, and Nacho Monreal started over him at the left-back position. He started only one Premier League game till January this season before returning to his former club.
The Gunners are in need of a good, decent left-back. Their first choice left-back Kieran Tierney has been very reliable this season, despite being sidelined for few weeks. Cedric has started at left-back in Tierney’s absence and has looked solid. But manager Mikel Arteta wants a young left-back to cover for Tierney.
The Gunners have already earmarked a left-back as their priority signing for the summer, indicating Kolasinac has no future at the Emirates.