No new keeper for Schalke
By Sam Hez
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Schalke 04 will not turn to the transfer market in order to sign a new keeper.
Schalke 04 will not turn to the transfer market in order to sign a replacement for departed keeper Frank Rost, having decided to keep faith in 18-year-old Ralf Fahrmann as their new reserve keeper.
It was widely expected that the club would look for an experienced shot-stopper as backup for new number Manuel Neuer, but coach Mirko Slomka has now revealed that he has full confidence in Under 19 international Fahrmann.
"Ralf has really proved himself over the past weeks and established himself as our number two. We won't sign anybody else," stressed Slomka.
The Schalke coach caused a massive surprise this season by making 20-year-old Neuer his new first-choice at the expense of long-serving Rost.
While Rost used the winter transfer window to sign for Hamburg, Slomka will now start the second half of the season with the youngest keeping duo in the Bundesliga.