Matija Nastasic’s Manchester City hell is finally set to come to an end when German club Schalke swoop for him in the January transfer window. According to Manchester Evening News the Bundesliga side will get him initially on a loan deal.
Nastasic is only 21-years-old and began his career at Partisan Belgrade and graduated the youth academy via a loan switch to Teleoptik. Gaining a reputation as a promising young defender, Nastasic was snapped up by Italian team Fiorentina in 2011. During the 2011/12 campaign he featured in 25 Serie A matches, scoring twice.
In the summer of 2012 Manchester City saw Nastasic’s potential and part exchanged him for Stefan Savic. During his first season in England he played 21 Premier League games, 29 times in all competitions. However under Manuel Pellegrini last season, Nastasic was less important and only played 13 Premier League matches, mainly as a bit part role.
This campaign has seen Matija Nastasic as completely unwanted so Schalke’s rescue mission will come as great news for the Serbian international. The club’s General Manager saying: “We are very interested and his advisers, who are in England, are in initial talks with Manchester City”.
Manchester City fans, are you disappointed that Nastasic wasn’t given more of a chance at the Etihad Stadium?
By Gareth Thomas | December 31st, 2014