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Sebastian Rudy hits out at Schalke for failing to 'protect' him

By Henrik Petersen

Sebastian Rudy has reflected on his difficult 2018/19 season at Schalke 04.

Sebastian Rudy.
Sebastian Rudy.Photo: Елена Рыбакова, Soccer.ru, CC BY-SA 3.0

Sebastian Rudy says he would have liked Schalke 04 to stand up for him through the club's underwhelming 2018/19 campaign.

Rudy, who is now on loan at Hoffenheim, felt scapegoated after he struggled to deliver what was wanted from him following his €19 million move from Bayern München.

"Schalke suddenly demanded other things from me. They tried to make me a different player. However, it should have been clear that it's too late to transform myself at the age of 29," Rudy told t-online.de.

"I definitely felt as if I was chosen as the face of the crisis in public. I'm always willing to focus on my own mistakes, and I have certainly made some, but Schalke missed the opportunity to protect me as a player," he said.

The defensive midfielder has been an integral part of Alfred Schreuder's Hoffenheim side since his summer move on loan, and he could certainly imagine staying beyond the summer.

"I'm only on loan for one season. But it's very conceivable for me to to keep playing football in Hoffenheim beyond this season, of course," Rudy said.

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