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Schalke newcomer Suat Serdar:
'I had several offers'

By Rune Gjerulff

New Schalke signing Suat Serdar has talked about his move to the Gelsenkirchen side and the disappointing start to the season with his new club.

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German Under-21 international Suat Serdar says he had offers from several clubs in the summer. After good discussions with Schalke coach Domenico Tedesco, the midfielder ultimately decided to leave Mainz and join the Gelsenkirchen side.

"I had several offers, but I had very good talks with coach Domenico Tedesco. Still, it wasn't easy for me to leave Mainz after ten years. But I wanted to take the next step - and Schalke is the perfect place to do that," Serdar told Sport1 and added that life as a Schalke player is very different to what he has been used to:

"The training intensity is tougher, we are now playing in the Champions League and have a lot of weeks with several matches coming up. the fans alone make you realize that everything is a whole lot bigger than in Mainz."

Schalke haven't exactly had the start to the season they were hoping for as 'The Royal Blues' have lost their opening Bundesliga fixtures to Wolfsburg (1-3) and Hertha BSC (0-2), but Serdar is confident he and his teammates will bounce back.

"We're playing well, but we've been lacking some luck - for example with the missed penalty against Hertha. We started well, dominated the game, and it all got a bit hectic after the penalty. Unfortunately, we haven't had a good start, but we have just played two maches. We'll show how good we are over the next few weeks," Serdar said.

The 21-year-old was in the starting eleven for the match against Wolfsburg while he appeared as a substitute against Hertha BSC.

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