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 1/1000 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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