Nabil Bentaleb has officially signed for Schalke on a season-long loan, with the opportunity to make the deal permanent next summer for £17m.
The Algerian will now team up with his former Spurs colleague Benjamin Stambouli, who also looks likely to sign for Schalke. Still only 21-years old, Bentaleb made 66 appearances for Tottenham but fell out of favour with Mauricio Pochettino last season, after a protracted contract saga.
Though Bentaleb eventually put pen to paper, he’s left the club just a year later. Fans are split as to whether it’s the right decision or not. Here’s how they reacted on Twitter.
CONFIRMED: Nabil Bentaleb has joined Bundesliga side FC Schalke 04 on loan until the end of the 2016-17 season. pic.twitter.com/pMToB2KQ65
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 25, 2016
Delighted to have signed for @s04 new chapter new beginnings
— Nabil Bentaleb (@nabilbentaleb42) August 25, 2016
Such a shame about Bentaleb. Loved him in his breakthrough season and expected so much of him. Wish him well. #COYS
— Rachel Martin (@RachelVMartin) August 25, 2016
Losing Bentaleb is such a huge mistake. #THFC
— Harry Woods (@WoodsyF1) August 25, 2016
Bentaleb's days were numbered when he went public on last contract negotiation & rise in CM of Dier/Alli, catalyst for his departure.#THFC
— Ricky Sacks (@RickSpur) August 25, 2016
Really stupid to sell Bentaleb, hope he does really well, hopefully the money is reinvested now. Coys
— Tottenham Talk (@tottenhamtalk1) August 25, 2016
— Hotspur Hacker (@HotspurHacker) August 25, 2016
It's a shame about Bentaleb. Undoubtedly more naturally talented than Mason & Carroll. There's a very good player in there. Wish him well.
— Stuart BryanTHFC (@StuBryanTHFC) August 25, 2016
In fairness, £30m for Yedlin, Pritchard & Bentaleb is great business. Covers Wanyama & Janssen costs with money to spare #COYS
— HotspurGraphics (@HotspurGraphics) August 24, 2016
Bentaleb will become a top player, its a shame he didnt want to stay and fight for a place.
— #Merky (@HamidTHFC) August 25, 2016
£25m for Bentaleb & Pritchard.
— AtourT ن (@AT_Spurs) August 25, 2016