Schalke boss wants to draw inspiration from Dortmund's transfer policy
Schalke 04 boss Christian Heidel admits he admires Borussia Dortmund's ability to sign young players and turn them into stars.
|Christian Heidel.||Photo: Sandro Halank, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0|
Ahead of Saturday's Revierderby, Schalke 04 sporting Christian Heidel has admitted that he wants to draw inspiration from local rivals Borussia Dortmund.
Schalke are famous for their youth academy, also known as 'die Knappenschmiede', but Heidel believes 'The Royal Blues' can learn something from Dortmund when it comes to bringing in talented young players from abroad to turn them into star players.
"The BVB have the economic possibility of investing in these young players, even if there is always a financial risk. They have done so really well, and next to our own work with youth players in the 'Knappenschmiede', that is certainly a future goal of Schalke 04," Heidel told the Funke Mediengruppe.
Youngsters such as Christian Pulisic, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Jacob Bruun Larsen and Jadon Sancho have all emerged as important players for Borussia Dortmund after joining the BVB from clubs abroad.