Schalke will travel to China for the second time, as part of their pre-season preparations for the 2017/18 campaign.

The Royal Blues, who enjoyed a six-day stint in the world's most populous nation last summer, will be based in Shanghai from 16-22 July.

The trip will be used to extend Schalke's reach into the wider Chinese market, while friendlies against European opposition have been pencilled in for 19 and 21 July.

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"China is one of the most important target markets in terms of our long-term international strategy," explained Schalke's marketing chief, Alexander Jobst.

"The second visit offers Schalke the perfect opportunity to heighten Schalke's international profile and generate a permanent interest in the club.

"We want to show that Schalke are open, transparent and fan-centric. That's what we stand for as a club in Germany and worldwide, too."

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