Rabbi Matondo is expected to leave Schalke this summer – with Stoke City very much interested.
That’s the update from Wales Online sportswriter Tom Coleman, who is following the fortunes of the 20-year-old winger and Wales in the European Championships.
He reports that Matondo’s exit from Schalke looks certain, but Stoke would face competition because of interest in the player from Belgium.
Matondo joined Stoke on loan from Schalke in January but had to build up his fitness and found his progress slowed by niggling injuries. However, he still showed plenty of potential, not least with an impressive performance at Nottingham Forest in April.
Matondo had joined Man City from Cardiff for £500,000 as a 16-year-old in 2016/17 and left for Germany in January 2019 with a reported fee of up to £11m on a contract that runs until 2023.
The winger and his Wales team-mates kick off their European Championships campaign this afternoon when they take on Switzerland in Baku (2pm).
The nation hadn’t reached a major finals since 1958 before ending that barren run in style in 2016 when they went all the way to the European Championship semi-finals.
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They have been drawn in Group A, the same as Italy, who opened the competition with a hugely impressive 3-0 win over Turkey in Rome on Friday evening.
Stoke City’s Joe Allen will be looking to impress in a Welsh team managed by former Port Vale boss Rob Page.
Wales also face Turkey on Wednesday (5pm), also in Baku, and Italy next Saturday (5pm), in Rome.
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