Confed Cup winner Leon Goretzka and the trio of European under-21 champions from Schalke Thilo Kehrer, Max Meyer and Felix Platte returned to training in Gelsenkirchen on Wednesday. Board members Christian Heidel, Alexander Jobst and Peter Peters as well as sporting director Axel Schuster were on hand to present the quartet with a bouquet of flowers and presents. That was followed by loud applause from the whole team.

The four players will not make this weekend’s Tour in China, as the all four still require some time to fully recharge before the new season. The plan is that they will all join the training camp in Mittersill (July 25- August 1) to properly start their pre-season preparations.