Schalke sign Morocco left-back Mendyl on 5-year deal

Hamza Mendyl of Morocco during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations match between Morocco and Ivory Coast at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 24 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Champions League participants Schalke 04 have signed Morocco defender Hamza Mendyl from French club OSC Lille on a five-year contract, boosting their back line before the start of the Bundesliga season.

The 20-year-old left back was part of Morocco’s World Cup squad in June but did not feature in their three group matches in Russia.

He has earned 13 caps for his country and played 13 Ligue 1 matches after joining Lille in 2016 as a teenager.

“He offers a lot of what we want from that position,” said Schalke coach Domenico Tedesco.

“Athleticism, power, robust strength in attack. We look forward to joining him in his own talent’s development.”

Schalke, Bundesliga runners-up last season, have automatically qualified for the Champions League group stage.