Jurado to sign for Schalke 04

Young Spanish midfielder arrives in the Bundesliga for €11m

Jurado celebrates

José Manuel Jurado is to sign for German side Schalke 04 on a four-year deal, Atlético manager Quique Sánchez Flores has confirmed.

The Andalusian midfielder never quite managed to nail down a starting place at the Vicente Calderón, despite making 64 appearances for the club in the 2009-10 season.

Often relied on as Atlético’s ‘twelfth-man’, Jurado was the subject of a bid from the German side over the past few days, and it was heavily speculated that he wanted to leave.

Jurado brought an end to his four-year spell at Atlético in style on Monday night, scoring the opening goal in los Colchonero’s 4-0 win over Sporting Gijón.

But a deal for Schalke to sign the playmaker had already been agreed prior to the match, according to rumours in the Spanish press.

Speaking after the game, Quique said “Football is like this. Sometimes clubs come and make irresistable offers for players. It’s a very good signing on their part. But it’s also a good deal for us. Atlético is a great club, and are enjoying a great period.

“Jurado is happy. He had a good game and the fans gave him a great goodbye.”

Irresistible is certainly the right word to use. Jurado signs a contract with Schalke for €4m a year, quadrupling his salary at Atlético. But if a deal had been struck prior to the game, should Jurado have played?

“I asked him before the game if he was mentally ready to play,” Quique added. “He said he was. He has been a fantastic professional as long as I have known him.”

The decision certainly paid off. In only the eleventh minute, Jurado scored his final goal for Atlético after Raúl García laid the ball into his path. The German-bound youngster showed great technique and smashed it home from outside the area.

Marca is reporting that the deal is worth €11m, plus €1m for future incentives.

  • Mert

    Sad to see such a stud leave, but i’m happy that he’s gonna be so well paid at Shalke. class move on his part to play his heart out today anyway

  • Arjit

    He’s a great player, one of my favorites from the Atleti squad. I wish him all the best with shalke. I guess this means we’ll see more of merida and keko 😀

  • Incredible that we get that amount of money for a sub. I’m ever so happy!

  • Cerezoandgilgetout

    Oh yes, im soooo happy to get that amount of money…oh wait, no! i forgot that this money is going directly to Cerezo’s pocket and noone will be bought.

  • Edletico

    ‘Cerezoandgilgetout’ I don’t think you have understood the situation properly as the money is probably going to be used in Jan or for the next summer market. Jurado, although I liked him, wasn’t required as he was not first choice in any position. I can imagine now that Aguero, Godin, costa, and cabrera are close to being nationalised then he will send the scouts to look for another superstar in South america, maybe Aguero’s brother ;), and scouts will be watching teams in some other countries like Turkey ect. The squad is performing very well at the moment so there was no point buying a first team player to disrupt it so waiting till Jan to spend the money seems clever. I think we have around 25mill from winning the supercup and Jurados transfer so the Jan market will be exiting as will Atletis chances of more silverware this season