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back Bundesliga | 28.12.2012 11:21:47

Holtby to leave at season's end

  • Schalke 04 midfielder Lewis Holtby has decided against renewing his contract at the club and will leave at the end of the season
  • The season had begun well for the 22-year-old, as he scored three goals in his first five league games to help Schalke to their best start in 41 years
  • The Blues are also still in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League, but Holtby has decided he will find a new club in the summer

Gelsenkirchen - FC Schalke 04 have been dealt a blow after Lewis Holtby revealed he would not be signing a new deal with the club.

The midfielder will see out his existing contract, which runs until 30 June 2013, before moving on to pastures new at the end of the current campaign.

"Personal Reasons"


"We were hoping that Lewis would see a future at FC Schalke, but he's made a decision for personal reasons that we respect," explained sporting director Horst Heldt. "We have no doubt that he'll give everything up until the final game of the season and fulfil his duties for the success of the team."

Holtby moved to Schalke in 2009, but it wasn't until 2011/12 that he really made his mark at the Veltins Arena following a fruitful loan spell at Mainz 05. The 22-year-old has made 17 appearances so far this term, scoring three goals.

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