Report: Schalke to sign Maya Yoshida after talks with Celtic man Christopher Jullien

By David Walton

July 5, 2022

Schalke are set to secure their Ko Itakura replacement by signing free agent Maya Yoshida despite holding talks with Christopher Jullien, according to Bild.

The report states that the Bundesliga club is set to agree a one-year contract with the Japanese international that will contain the option to extend.

This was backed up in the piece by Schalke sporting director Rouven Schroder, who stated they were looking into a move for the player.

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It comes after the club were taking a look into the prospect of signing Jullien on loan from Celtic. It was reported that the player was still in talks with the club last week [Marc Mechenoua]. However, it’s unclear what the potential signing of Yoshida would do for Jullian’s potential switch.

Ange Postecoglou clearly isn’t a fan of the big French centre-back after only giving him one solitary appeearance during the second half of last season.

But unless Schalke are in the market for 2 centre-backs this summer, the big defender may have to settle for returning back to Lennoxtown in the immediate future.

Christopher Jullien Celtic exit looks inevitable, but no guarantees as to where

Nobody would predict at this stage that Jullien will still be a Celtic player come the big kick-off at the end of the month. Not when you take into account this entire Schalke situation.

Ange has, in effect, put his cards on the table where the Frenchman is concerned. He’s already made it clear that he can go if the right offer comes in and that he even feels he’s dispendable enough to depart on loan.

Even if the Schalke move falls through completely, that’s a bad look for Jullien. He won’t have the same confidence levels he may have done with regards to beaking into the first-team. Evidently, he isn’t going to get that opportunity here.

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Meanwhile, the player is now 29 years of age. This isn’t the time to be sitting on the bench or worse. He’ll be absolutely itching to make an impact elsewhere in the peak years of his career.

So weighing everything up – a move away from Celtic Park looks absolutely inevitable. There’s nothing here for Jullien anymore and he knows that there are several options ahead of him in the pecking order.

Hopefully, we can come to some sort of agreement with another club before the season begins. It would be best for all parties.

In other news, “I’m really pleased with him”; Young Celtic defender already impressing on loan