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Stevens comments on Nabil Bentaleb's demotion to the U23s

By Bulinews Team

Schalke 04 coach Huub Stevens has explained why he demoted Nabil Bentaleb to the under-23 team.

Huub Stevens.
Huub Stevens.Photo: Stefan Partl, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0
On Wednesday, Schalke 04 announced that Nabil Bentaleb has been dropped to the club's under-23 team for disciplinary reasons.

It's not the first time that has happened. Bentaleb only returned to first-team training about two weeks ago after he was demoted to the U23s in March for the first time.

But Schalke 04 coach Huub Stevens says Bentaleb left him with no other option.

"I couldn't do anything differently in this situation. I spoke to several people before taking this action. But it's a team sport, things don't revolve around one player," he said at a press conference, as quoted by the club.

Stevens also commented on Schalke's derby clash with local rivals Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

"The derby is always important, especially for the fans. BVB are going for the title, we're nearer the bottom. But I'm only focusing on our team and I'll try to lead us to a win," he said.

Schalke are sitting 15th in the Bundesliga table with 27 points after 30 games.

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