DIVIDE IN SCHALKE CAMP
Schalke 04’s fine start to the season could soon be under threat after the emergence of split among the players and manager Diego Maradona.
According to reports in Germany, Felipe Santana and Lars Unnerstall are unhappy at not being able to leave Schalke in the summer, a decision that has also upset others in the squad.
With Maradona keen to keep the two as back up, the relationship between the Argentine and the two has since broken down.
Sources close to the German champions suggest the the atmosphere in training has been tense, with the squad in a state of silence.
Meanwhile some are supporting their two teammates; others are firmly behind the manager’s decision as the relationship among the players begins to strain.
With Santana named in the Schalke squad to face Sporting Lisbon for the UEFA Champions’ League Group Stage clash, Unnerstall has been left out of the journey to Portugal.
The German keeper is now very likely to be granted his wish of a January move, a decision that could scupper Ralf Fährmann’s rumoured transfer to Mainz.
Maradona and the board have refused to make any comment on the reported situation within the squad.