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Baumjohann returns to former club Schalke

After just six months in Munich, Alexander Baumjohann is leaving Bayern to rejoin Schalke 04, his first professional club. The midfielder is the fourth player to part company with Germany’s most successful club during the mid-season break, after Luca Toni, Andreas Ottl and Breno all opted for loan spells away from Bavaria.

The deal taking the 22-year-old Baumjohann to Gelsenkirchen was struck on Saturday evening between the Bayern board of directors and Schalke manager and head coach Felix Magath. The player moves to the Ruhr Valley for an undisclosed fee.

Limited playing time

Baumjohann joined Munich on a free transfer from Borussia Mönchengladbach last summer, but found himself on the fringes of the experienced and high-quality Bayern squad. The midfielder appeared in a red jersey just three times in the league and once in the DFB Cup, with a further three outings for the third division reserves.

The talented youngster is now returning to the club where he began his ascent into the top echelons of the game. Baumjohann spent the years from 2000 to 2007 with Schalke, making his professional debut for the Royal Blues as a 16-year-old. Bayern Munich wishes Alexander Baumjohann all the very best at his new club.