Manchester City send Matija Nastasic to Schalke 04

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Manchester City have offloaded out of favour defender Matija Nastasic to Schalke 04 on loan for the rest of the season. 

Schalke, who have paid a £1.5 million loan fee for the Serb, will have the option to buy him for a rumoured £10m in the summer according to Manchester Evening News.

He will fly out to Qatar, where the club are on a warm weather break, to complete the necessary paperwork and his medical.

Lack of game time

The 21-year-old has only made 21 appearances out of the 88 games Manuel Pellegrini has been in charge of at City. Compare that to the 30 appearances he made in 2012-13 under Roberto Mancini. 

He has only featured once this term and that was in the 3-0 Community Shield defeat to Arsenal back in August.

Manuel Pellegrini prefers Martin Demichelis, who he managed during his time at Malaga. £32m signing, Eliaquim Mangala is also ahead of Nastasic in the pecking order, leaving him frustrated. 

Missed opportunity

Schalke confirmed the deal on their Twitter account by saying: "Matija Nastasic to the Royal Blues. Schalke get Serbia international on loan." 

Nastasic was linked with a move to Arsenal in the summer but the deal never materialised. Sam Allardyce is also said to have been interested in signing him for West Ham this month. 

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