Malick Thiaw is one of the absolute constants at FC Schalke this season. The U21 national player has played from the start in every game in the 2nd Bundesliga and thus continued the strong development that had already been indicated in Schalke’s relegation season. The central defender is still keeping quiet about his further plans for the future.
It is clear that the regular player of the Royal Blues has long attracted the interest of other clubs. In the past he has even been associated with top European clubs such as Liverpool FC and AC Milan.
If nothing happens with FC Schalke’s direct return to the Bundesliga, it will be difficult to keep the 20-year-old.
“I’m not dealing with that yet. We now have 16 important games ahead of us and we want to make them as successful as possible,” Thiaw said in an interview with “sports1” So far he has been against taking part in the speculation about his person. Nevertheless, he pushed afterwards: “Everything else will be seen then.”
The 1.91 m giant made it clear that for him direct re-emergence was still the primary goal of the season for the Gelsenkircheners: “The club has set the goal of being promoted back to the first division within the next three years. We as professionals always do our best and always strive for the maximum success. That’s why my goal is to move up this year.”
Thiaw is under contract with FC Schalke until 2024
In the back three in the game system of head coach Dimitrios Grammozis, the native of Düsseldorf has so far been on the defensive without exception. Alongside Ko Itakura and Marcin Kaminski, he found his way around better and better in the weeks leading up to the Christmas break and impressed with strong tackle values and good positional play.
In addition to Itakura and Kaminski, another Schalke defender plays a particularly important role in Thiaw’s development at S04, as the youngster revealed: Salif Sané has become a “good mentor” for him in recent years, from whom he has already learned a lot learned: “Salif is very important to me, both on and off the pitch. I get on very well with him. […] We’re all happy he’s back on the pitch,” said Thiaw of the Senegalese, who had been out for a long time.
Thiaw, who has been playing for FC Schalke since he was a junior, is contractually bound to the Gelsenkirchen team until 2024. A free transfer in the coming summer can at least be ruled out.