Johannes Geis joins Schalke 04 from Mainz

The Royal Blues have strengthened in midfield ahead of the new season: Johannes Geis has joined FC Schalke 04 from 1. FSV Mainz 05. The 21-year-old has signed a four-year contract until 30th June 2019 and will wear the number five in André Breitenreiter’s team.

“We are delighted that one of the most coveted young players has chosen to join our club,” said sporting director Horst Heldt. “Johannes possesses many great qualities; his dangerous set pieces, his passing game and his ability to find a man in space make him one of the Bundesliga’s best central defensive midfielders. The fact that he was already captain at Mainz at such a young age shows that he can and wants to take on responsibility.”

That’s something that Johannes Geis is now looking to do in Royal Blue colours. “Schalke fascinates me; the stadium, the fans – playing in the Arena is something special. I want to roll up my sleeves and work hard,” explained the 21-year-old. “Beyond that, the talks with Horst Heldt and André Breitenreiter were very positive. It could be the start of something new at Schalke and I want to play my part in that.”

Schalke fascinates me - playing in the Arena is something special.

Johannes Geis

The 5’9’’ right-footer began his career at TSV Oberstreu close to Nuremberg, before he ended up in SpVgg Greuther Fürth’s youth setup in 2008 following spells at TSV Mittelstreu and TSV Großbardorf. Geis made the step up to the Shamrocks’ first team in 2010. He then completed a switch to 1. FSV Mainz 05 at the start of the 2013/14 season. Geis has appeared in 75 Bundesliga games (6 goals) and nine 2. Bundesliga matches to date. He has already featured twice in the DFB Cup (1 goal) and in two Europa League qualifying matches.

The midfielder has been a regular feature in Germany’s youth national teams for the last seven years. Geis, who is currently away at the European U21 Championship in the Czech Republic with Max Meyer, made his debut for the DFB-Team on 16th September 2008 in the U16s’ 5-0 win over Belgium. He has won eleven caps at U21 level so far.