Tedesco: Goretzka will contribute

19 January 2018 08:13:40 EST

Schalke head coach Domenico Tedesco is confident that Leon Goretzka will continue to give his all, having agreed to join Bayern Munich in the summer.

The 22-year-old midfielder will move to the Allianz Arena at the end of the current campaign, joining Bayern on a four-year contract, with Tedesco sad to see Goretzka make the decision to move on.

Leon is a professional and he will keep on giving his all for Schalke.

Domenico Tedesco

However, he also expects the Germany international to help Schalke in the next few months as they chase a top-four finish in the Bundesliga.

He told the club's official website: "We are sad and disappointed to be losing Leon, both as a player and as a person, but we have to accept the decision. Leon is an important part of the team, no question.

"Leon is a professional and he will keep on giving his all for Schalke and is still a very important part of our team."

Meanwhile, Schalke chief executive Christian Heidel ruled out a January deal to bring in a replacement for Goretzka, insisting his club had time to weigh up their options.

He added: "We won't be bringing in a replacement for Leon in this window - he wouldn't still be here otherwise.

"We have time between now and the summer to consider our options going forward. We can cope with this situation, it wasn't a complete surprise. We are prepared for this."

Schalke currently lie in third place in the Bundesliga standings, having dropped a place last weekend, with RB Leipzig taking over in second by beating the side from Gelsenkirchen 3-1.

Schalke are 1/100 to finish in the top four in the Bundesliga this season, with Bayer Leverkusen 4/5 and RB Leipzig 33/1.

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