Gelsenkirchen - Schalke 04 have continued building for the future by tying Sead Kolasinac down to a new four-year contract.

The 20-year-old made the breakthrough into the Royal Blues’ first team last season and has now followed the example of another of Schalke’s talented youngsters, Julian Draxler, by committing his long-term future to the Gelsenkirchen club.

Outstanding debut campaign

Kolasinac has been on Schalke’s books since 2011 and he made 16 appearances in the Bundesliga for the Royal Blues last term while also getting three UEFA Champions League matches under his belt.

“Sead played a great season in his first real year in the Bundesliga,” said Schalke’s director of sport and communications Horst Heldt. “He improved month on month and even established himself as a first-team regular in the second half of the season. He managed that because he's an ambitious player and has a great mentality which we desperately need here at Schalke.”

Easy decision

The German under-21 international did not need much convincing to commit his future to his first professional club, for whom he will now wear the number six jersey. “It was not a tough decision,” he said. “I’ve felt really happy here at Schalke since day one.”

“In recent years, lots of talented players have made it from the youth academy into the first team and then gone on to improve impressively,” he added. “I want to carry on improving and mature both on and off the field, and I've just the right surroundings to do that here with Schalke.”