After relegation, Mehmet Aydin became a permanent fixture in the FC Schalke 04 professional team. The winger was set before his thigh injury, and rumors about interested clubs from home and abroad were not long in coming. In mid-January, the Knappen still managed to extend the contract with their homegrown talent – but saying goodbye after the season is far from over.
When sports director Rouven Schröder was asked about the extension of Mehmet Aydin at FC Schalke 04 a few weeks ago, the 46-year-old was almost euphoric.
“Memo has proven over the past few months that he can be an important part of our squad and that he has rightly made his way from the Knappenschmiede to the professionals. Given his development and the great potential, we are very pleased that he is planning his future Schalke sees,” Schröder commented on the youngster’s signature until 2025.
Previously, reports of the advances of various clubs had repeatedly wandered through the media, after all, they sensed a possible bargain with Aydin, which was still free at the time.
FC Schalke 04: Mehmet Aydin still courted
At Schalke, there was certainly hope that the new contract would put an end to all the speculation.
But far from it: As the Turkish newspaper “Karadeniz Gazete” writes, the current SüperLig table leader Trabzonspor is said to be planning a new start at Aydin soon after a rejected offer in winter.
In addition to the designated European Cup participants, several representatives from the French Ligue 1 are still in the running for the 19-year-old, it is said.
Meanwhile, it remains questionable where Schalke’s financial pain threshold lies. Aydin should finally be one of the figureheads of the renewed Malocher club in the future. Trabzonspor would have to dig deep into their pockets to secure their services.