Matija Nastasic leaves Manchester City for Schalke

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Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic has completed a permanent move to German side Schalke 04, according to BBC Sport.

Nastasic joined the Bundesliga outfit in January on a loan deal until the end of the season with a view to buying the defender in the summer.

It would appear that Schalke have seen enough already after nine games to activate a clause in the loan agreement and sign the player outfight.

Failed to impress Manuel Pellegrini

Arriving from Fiorentina in the summer of 2012 for a fee in the region of £12 million, the Serbian impressed in his debut season under then boss Roberto Mancini, with many believing the youngster's performance deserved at least a nomination for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

He could not, however, follow up his good start to his City career under new manager Manuel Pellegrini, with a combination of injury problems and poor performances limiting his appearances and forcing the club to bring in reinforcements in the form of summer signing Eliaquim Mangala.

The Serb's last appearance for the Citizens was in the Community Shield defeat to Arsenal at the start of the season.

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