Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt angry over Friedrich's failed Hamburg loan

People at Schalke 04 are angry after what went on between Marvin Friedrich and Hamburger SV yesterday, during the final hours of the summer transfer window. Prior to the controversy, Hamburg were set to sign the Schalke youth star on loan for an agreed fee of €300,000.

This news came after Hamburg signed Aaron Hunt from VfL Wolfsburg for a fee around €3million. The former Wolves midfielder took a pay cut in order to play at the Volksparkstadion where he will earn two million euros a year.

However, Hamburg believe they’ve done nothing wrong. At 2:39 on Monday, small corrections were made to the deal. With the Hunt deal being confirmed at the end of the window, HSV board did not want to risk asking their supervisory board to increase the transfer budget for the loan fee.

At 16:30, Peter Knäbel made a u-turn over the deal and the proposed loan move fell through. The apparent reason was that the transfer budget of the Hamburg club had been maxed out and they wished not to go to the board and request further fees.

Heldt far from happy with the deal

This news came to the anger of Schalke’s Sporting Director Horst Heldt who branded the whole thing as a “joke”.

The 45-year-old’s anger came from the treatment of the 19-year-old defender after he said “the boy had been looking forward to the move”. Schalke were looking for the youngster to get some first team playing time. As well as the behaviour towards the centre-back, Heldt branded it as a joke because of the loss of income.

Friedrich was a part of the Schalke second team in the Regionalliga West. Schalke II finished 11th as Borussia Monchengladbach II were triumphant winning the league ahead of Aachen by just one point. He played five times in the Bundesliga last season and once in the Champions League coming against NK Maribor, during their 0-1 away win.

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