Jan Kirchhoff has temporarily ended his nightmare at Bayern after joining Schalke 04 on loan.
Jan Kirchhoff's arrival at Bayern Munich last summer was perhaps overshadowed by the signing of Mario Gotze from Borussia Dortmund. It has set the tone for his first six months at the club.
Hoping to play a big part in the Champions League holders season, the defender has found himself making only seven appearances; and they have all come from the bench.
He has not featured in Pep Guardiola's first team plans and became extremely frustrated at this. He agreed a pre-contract agreement with Bayern Munich in January 2013 so it was not Guardiola's choice to bring him in, but instead the previous management's.
Kirchhoff has now agreed an 18-month loan deal with Schalke 04 and is looking forward to some first team action. "The situation in Munich was not easy for me," he told Schalke's official website."I learned a lot in half a year, but just did not play too much."
Whether he will return to Bayern Munich in 2015 looks unlikely now, if he impresses at Schalke 04 then they will want to bring him in permanently and his parent club would probably not stand in his way. He faced huge competition at the Allianz Arena with Dante, Jerome Boateng, and Holger Badstuber ahead of him in the pecking order.
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said "We wish him all the best and hope that he will be well developed, so that he, if necessary in 2015, returns to Bayern." It doesn't seem like he now features in their long term plans, with Rummenigge saying only if necessary he will return.
Kirchhoff will now aim to try and help push Schalke up the Bundesliga table in which they are currently seventh. Bayern fans on the other hand wont be too sad to see him go, but rather more excited about the arrival of Robert Lewandowski in summer.
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