Bundesliga outfit Schalke have this evening confirmed that midfielder Max Meyer has been suspended for the remainder of the campaign.
Meyer, a 22-year-old German international, has been on the books of Schalke since 2009, when he joined the club’s youth academy from Duisberg.
After breaking into the club’s first-team setup in 2013, Meyer has since gone on to rack up 146 appearances in the German top-flight, notching 18 goals and 12 assists over the course of his Bundesliga career to date.
However, his contract at the Arena AufSchalke is set to expire this summer, with no progress having been made to this point regarding a renewal.
Schalke Sporting Director Christian Heidel even went as far as to confirm last month that Meyer’s 9-year stint with Die Knappen will certainly come to an end this summer, having explained to reporters:
‘At the moment we can and must expect that Max leaves the club in the summer. Everything suggests that.’
‘At the moment there is no offer from us and no wish from Max to have a conversation again.’
As such, the race is now on for Meyer’s signature, with the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Barcelona having all been touted as potential destinations for the gifted midfielder.
And Schalke, clearly bemused by the recent behaviour of a player whom they trained and developed into what he is today, have this evening taken to social media to confirm that Meyer has been suspended for the remainder of the season:
Max #Meyer wird an den Trainingseinheiten der Lizenzspielerabteilung in den nächsten beiden Wochen bis zum Saisonende nicht mehr teilnehmen und entsprechend auch nicht mehr zum Einsatz kommen. #S04 https://t.co/f39vyGwzht
— FC Schalke 04 (@s04) April 30, 2018
‘Maxwill no longer be able to take part in the training of the player department over the next two weeks until the end of the season, and therefore will no longer be used.’