Bundesliga side Schalke 04 have completed the signing of young Wales international Rabbi Matondo from Manchester City for an undisclosed fee.
— FC Schalke 04 (@s04) January 30, 2019
Reports in England and Germany dispute the fee, with the English press reporting it to be around £11.3 million and sources in Germany suggesting lower, but it is thought that City have included a buy-back clause in the deal and will receive a percentage of any future fee.
Schalke saw off a number of teams for 18-year-old Matondo, a speedy winger, with the likes of Bayern Munich, Borussia Monchengladbach, AC Milan, Everton and Southampton showing interest.
Matondo has signed a long-term deal with Schalke and could even line up against City in the Champions League when the two sides meet in the Round of 16, although that may be premature given his age and newness to German football.
He is the latest highly-rated youth product to quit City after Jadon Sancho, who also headed to Germany with Borussia Dortmund, and Brahim Diaz, who joined Real Madrid earlier this month for £15.5 million.
“Before coming here I already knew a bit about Schalke 04: Mesut Özil, Ivan Rakitic and Leroy Sané all took big steps in their careers here,” Rabbi Matondo said after signing. “As well as that, I had some good chats with the coach and my new teammates only had good things to say. The Bundesliga is a great league too. Schalke 04 is the right decision for my career and I’m happy to now be a part of this club and their future plans.”