The Ghana international has been released by the Bundesliga outfit following Sunday’s 2-0 away loss to FC Koln
Ghana international Kevin Prince Boateng has been released by FC Schalke 04 with ‘immediate effect’ as a consequence of the club’s disappointing Bundesliga defeat to Koln at the weekend.
The Royal Blues lost 2-0 away from home against the relegation strugglers, with several players being singled out for underperformance.
Boateng, who made a rare start in the Koln defeat, had a year left on his contract at Schalke, but has been released along with German-Nigerian winger Sidney Sam, who also played at the weekend.
It remains to be seen whether both players have had their contracts terminated mutually, or if they have been shown the door by Schalke against their will.
A statement on the club website read:
Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt announced there would be consequences after Sunday’s defeat away to 1. FC Köln and the first action has been taken: Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sidney Sam have been released with immediate effect. Marco Höger is suspended from training and first-team action up to and including Saturday, 16th May.
While Heldt’s decision comes as a surprise, it had been expected that Boateng would leave the club this summer.
The Black Star has been a peripheral figure for Roberto Di Matteo’s side this season, making only 10 starts in the Bundesliga, and contributing an underwhelming four assists in 23 outings in all competitions.
It was anticipated that the former Tottenham Hotspur man, who has admittedly been hamstrung by injuries this campaign, would be leaving the club anyway this summer.
The player has indicated that he neither wants a return to Serie A, nor a move to China, but a switch to Major League Soccer has been mooted.
Schalke’s decision to release him may well pave the way for named suitors New York Red Bulls to step in to sign the 28-year-old.
Boateng moved to the club in the summer of 2013, leaving AC Milan for a fee believed to be just under £9 million.
While the midfielder enjoys a high profile within the sport, his recent performances have failed to live up to his reputation. For too long, the player has made headlines for controversial reasons, rather than as a consequence of his talent.
He was sent home from Ghana’s World Cup foray to Brazil and was previously lambasted in his nation of birth, Germany, for injuring then-national team captain Michael Ballack ahead of the 2010 World Cup.