Morocco’s Hamza Mendyl has completed a move to Schalke 04 in a five-year deal after completing his medicals.
The 20-year-old joined the German outfit from the French top-tier side Lille after an agreement was reached by both teams.
Having made his professional debut for the Great Danes in their 1-0 win over Caen in February 2017, the Morocco left-back played 13 Ligue 1 matches.
And Domenico Tedesco has revealed the defender’s qualities as he anticipates the presence of the new recruit in his squad for the term.
“We [Schalke 04 and Lille] have spent a long and detailed time with Hamza [Mendyl] and are happy that we were able to sign him,” coach Domenico Tedesco told club website.
“He brings a lot with what we want for this position: athletics, dynamics, robustness and courage in the offensive. We are eager to take the next steps in our development with this talent.”
Mendyl, after committing his future to the Veltins-Arena outfit, expressed his delight in signing up for the club under the guidance of the German-Italian manager.
“I am very happy to have signed a contract with such a big club,” he said.
“With Tedesco, I encounter a coach known for improving players. He proved that impressively last year. I too would like to develop further under him and help Schalke 04 play a good role in all three competitions [Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and Champions League].”
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The defender could make his debut for Schalke 04 when they lock horns with Wolfsburg in their 2018-19 German Bundesliga season-opener at the Volkswagen Arena on August 25.