Beijing - FC Schalke 04 have announced plans to set up a football academy in Beijing, China.

Once up and running, the best of the Chinese talent will be offered scholarships - paid for by the Bundesliga club - to travel to Germany and train in Gelsenkirchen.

'New fans and business partners'

"It's great to know that Chinese football and FC Schalke 04 will be able to reap the benefits from each other in the years to come," enthused Royal Blues marketing director Alexander Jobst, part of a five-man delegation that has been in the Chinese capital this past week looking at ways in which the club can bolster their presence in the Far East. "We bring professionalism to the table […] in return we get the chance to win over new fans and business partners in this huge country."

The Bundesliga giants have also confirmed they will return to China to stage a training camp in 2015.