Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic has told the Manchester Evening News that he is keen on reviving his career following his loan move to Schalke 04.
The defender has agreed to join the German side on loan for the rest of the season with a view to a permanent deal in the summer.
He has flown out to Qatar to join Roberto Di Matteo’s side on their warm-weather break, where he will complete a medical and push through the deal.
The move will bring an end to a disappointing spell at City under Manuel Pellegrini, who has openly questioned the defender’s injuries and subsequently left him out of matchday squads.
“It was hard for me because in six months I didn't play one game. I wanted to go because it was best for my career. I want to play a lot of games,” Nastasic told the Manchester Evening News.
“It was the best option for me and I hope everything will be alright. I had a couple of options but with my agent we decided with City that Schalke are the best option at the moment. I don't want to speak about which other clubs."
The Chilean manager was reportedly keen to sell him during the summer, but Nastasic’s agent failed to make a move materialise despite interest from several clubs, including Premier League sides Everton and West Ham.
The German side have the option to sign the 21-year-old for £10 million in the summer, but Nastasic was keen to emphasise that at the move is just a loan at the moment.
“At the moment it's a loan and at the end of the season we will see what happens,” he said.