Alex Nübel will depart Schalke 04 when his contract runs out at the end of this season.
|Alexander Nübel.||Photo: Елена Рыбакова, Soccer.ru, CC BY-SA 3.0|
Schalke 04 captain Alexander Nübel will be leaving the club at the end of the season, the club have announced.
The highly-rated goalkeeper is out of contract in the summer of 2020 and has turned down a new deal at Veltins-Arena.
"Following all the discussions that we have had with Alexander Nübel and his agent in recent months, we aren't surprised by his decision and of course respect it. However, we don't need to understand his decision," said Schalke head of sport Jochen Schneider in a statement and added:
"In recent months, we have clearly shown through words and actions how much of a central role he could have played with us in the future: a role that entails leading a very young team, which has already won over many admirers in the first half of the season, as goalkeeper and as captain.
"I'm convinced that Alex will give everything for the club until the end of the season. From summer 2020, we will continue on our path without him," said Schneider.
Nübel has been linked with Tottenham and Bayern München among others.