- Schalke new boy Embolo upbeat following debut loss to Luzern.
- Switzerland international star has Weinzierl's full backing.
- "I always wanted to play in the Bundesliga."
The 19-year-old knows full well that pre-season friendlies such as the Royal Blues' 4-2 reverse against FC Luzern are designed to iron out any kinks, which is exactly what he intends to do in the weeks ahead.
"I'm happy to play my first few minutes for Schalke 04," Embolo told club website www.schalke04.de. "The team have welcomed me brilliantly and they've helped me find my feet quickly. Obviously I've still got a bit of catching up to do in terms of fitness, but I'm optimistic that I'll have improved by the time the next game comes around."
Much is expected of the former FC Basel 1893 forward, who only recently linked up with his new teammates after featuring for Switzerland at UEFA EURO 2016. Some of Europe's biggest clubs were reportedly in for the Cameroon-born starlet, but none could offer the comprehensive family package that is Schalke 04.
"Schalke are a huge club with a great tradition and insanely good supporters," Embolo explained. "There were hundreds of fans at my first training session, and the lads told me that there are always lots of supporters at training. I have a good feeling about this team, and I'm looking forward to the challenges that await us."
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Despite finishing fifth in the Bundesliga in 2015/16 and missing out on UEFA Champions League football for the second successive season, a top-four finish remains Schalke's primary objective next term. Markus Weinzierl has been brought in to steer the club back on a course for Europe's foremost club competition and the 41-year-old is confident that Embolo can help fulfil requirements.
"Breel was determined to play [against Luzern], so that's why he came back to training earlier than expected," the former FC Augsburg head coach said. "It's clear that after his holiday he's not yet ready to blow other teams away, but we know we can look forward to seeing a quality player this season."
Weinzierl's encouraging assessment will come as music to the ears of Embolo, who is banking on a long and prosperous future at a club that prides itself on making men out of boys. "I always wanted to play in the Bundesliga," he recalled. "Schalke has a history of giving young players the chance to develop, to get better and better, but I did not come here as an apprentice. I want to help, win and score goals."