Leon Goretzka has finally completed his move to Schalke after commencing training with them last week.
The 18-year-old German midfielder has moved to the Veltins-Arena on a five-year deal after making the switch from Bundesliga 2 side VfL Bochum.
Goretzka’s transition up the leagues comes after scoring four goals and laying on eight assists in 36 appearances last season, and was reportedly also drawing the attention of Borussia Dortmund.
However, he is confident that Schalke are a better choice than last season’s UEFA Champions League finalists.
"I was determined to take the next step in my career and I want to continue developing on a high level," he told the club's official website.
"With this objective in mind I see Schalke as the right address for me. The conditions are perfect here. The standard in training is higher.
"Schalke are a big club who are always in contention at the top and represented in Europe."
General manager Horst Heldt added: "We're absolutely delighted that in Leon Goretzka another colossal talent has made a conscious decision in favour of FC Schalke 04.
"Leon is one of the most talented players in Germany and has huge potential. He was on the wanted list of lots of clubs but he sees the biggest opportunity to develop as a player here with us."
Goretzka, who has represented his country at Under-19 level, has already featured for his new side having played in their pre-season friendly against FC 08 Villingen last Thursday.
He also notched a debut goal with a curling free-kick as his team romped to a 5-0 victory.
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