Schalke sign Bastian Oczipka from Frankfurt

The perfect transfer: Bastian Oczipka will move to Schalke 04 from Eintracht Frankfurt with immediate effect. The 28-year-old has signed a three-year-deal with the Royal Blues until June 2020. The fee will remain undisclosed between the two clubs and the defender will wear the number 24 shirt. He will join his new teammates on their Chinese tour from Sunday.

“Bastian is a reliable Left back who knows the Bundesliga well. He has the ability to be stay solid at the back as well as being a danger going forward,” said head coach Domenico Tedesco. “We are very excited to have him with us for the new season.”

The left-footer agreed: “I am excited by this new challenge. Domencio Tedesco and Christian Heidel have really motivated to get involved with the challenges that lie ahead here at Schalke,” said Oczipka. “At the same time I would like to take this chance to thank everyone at Frankfurt for five great years.”

Bastian Oczipka joined Frankfurt in summer 2012 and has appeared in 175 Bundesliga games (2 goals), as well as 58 second division fixtures, 15 DFB-Pokal ties as well as 3 champions league and 8 Europa League encounters.

The football story of the left footer began in his hometown of Bergisch Gladbach. Between 1994 and 1997 he was a regular for his hometown club SV Blau-Weiß Hand before spending two season with SSG Bergisch Gladbach. He moved to Bayer Leverkusen’s youth team in 1999 where he won the under-19 German championship in 2007 as well as the DFB Youth Pokal.

It was from then he signed a professional contract and he was loaned out to Hansa Rostock (2008-09) and then FC St. Pauli (2010-11) to get more game time. He returned to Leverkusen in 2011 before signing with Eintracht Frankfurt a year later.