Schalke confirm Obasi deal

On-loan winger impresses during loan spell from Hoffenheim

Chinedu Obasi: Has impressed on loan from Hoffenheim and will sign a permanent deal with Schalke

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Schalke have confirmed the club will take up the option to sign Chinedu Obasi on a permanent basis from Bundesliga rivals Hoffenheim.

Obasi joined Schalke during the winter transfer window and has impressed sufficiently to warrant a long-term deal with the title hopefuls.

Director of sport Horst Heldt has praised the Nigerian's progress since joining Schalke and feels he deserves a permanent contract with the club.

"He is developing well with us," said Heldt. "Therefore, we have decided to take the option we have to buy him.

"Chinedu is a very important player for us in the attacking midfield, whether it be on the left or on the right.

"We are planning with Chinedu."

The 25-year-old will be rewarded with a contract until 2015 and he is delighted to be staying in Gelsenkirchen.

"I am looking forward to the future with Schalke," he told Sport Bild magazine.

"They are a really big club and a great team who will always be challenging for silverware."