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Spurs midfielder Bentaleb joins Schalke on loan

Reuters , Thursday 25 Aug 2016
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Defensive midfielder Nabil Bentaleb has joined Schalke 04 from English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur on a season-long loan, the German club said on Thursday.

Bentaleb, who has 19 caps for Algeria, has not trained with the Spurs first-team since July after manager Mauricio Pochettino told the midfielder he did not feature in his plans.

The 21-year-old played 13 times for Spurs last season in an injury-plagued campaign.

"Bentaleb is 100 percent fit, but we need to be patient and give him a little time to integrate into the team," Schalke director of sport Christian Heidel told reporters.

Although no financial details were released, local media reported that Schalke have the option to make the deal permanent for 15 million pounds ($19.8 million) at the end of the season.

Schalke, who finished fifth in the Bundesliga last season, face Eintracht Frankfurt in their opening game of the new campaign on Saturday.

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