Schalke loan out Calhanoglu to Sandhausen

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Schalke loan out Calhanoglu to Sandhausen

By Peter Vice   @ViceytheSS

FC Schalke 04 confirmed the loan out of defender Kerim Calhanoglu to 2. Bundesliga side SV Sandhausen on Saturday afternoon. 

Kerim Calhanoglu
Kerim Calhanoglu SV Sandhausen

FC Schalke 04 confirmed their second loan-out, after midfielder Florian Flick, to a second division side in as many days. Kerim Calhanoglu will move from the Bundesliga’s last-placed side to the 2. Bundesliga’s last-placed side for the duration of the 2022/23 campaign. FC Schalke 04 and SV Sandhausen confirmed the loan-out of the 20-year-old on Saturday. Further terms were not disclosed.
Though he primarily played for the S04 reserves this season, Calhanoglu was called upon to play in the top flight three times this year. Combined with some deployments during the 2020/21 campaign, Calhanoglu has a total of seven top-flight appearances under his belt. The Mannheim-native has represented Germany 22 times at youth level.

“We are convinced that regular playing time in the 2. Bundesliga will help Kerim to take the next step in his development,” acting Schalke sporting director Peter Knäbel noted in a statement, “During his time at Schalke, Kerim has consistently shown his talent not only in the Knappenschmiede [the moniker for the Schalke youth academy] and with the pros, but also in the junior national teams.”

Sandhausen trainer Alois Schwartz declared himself pleased to be getting “a lad from the region”. Schwartz added that he found Calhanoglu to be an exceptionally versatile player who, despite being a natural left fullback, had also proven himself on the right-flank and in midfield.

“I have set my sights on achieving class preservation with SV Sandhausen,” Calhanoglu noted in his own statement, “Even though I am a player on loan, I will give everything for the club on the pitch.”

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