Matija Nastasic has left Manchester City for German side Schalke on loan for the remainder of the season, according to City.
Manchester City confirmed the move on their official website that the player has left them for the rest of the season with an option to move permanently.
Nastasic joined City from Serie A side Fiorentina in 2012 and played impressive games for the Citizens in his limited appearances. The 21-year-old made his debut against Real Madrid in an away Champions League game.
With suffering back to back injuries the defender suffered much in terms of getting first team opportunities. Nastasic made 51 appearances for the Defending Premier League Champions since his move in 2012. He won a Premier League and League Cup at Etihad Stadium.
The Serbian who attended the Schalke's training camp at Doha will be wearing number 31 for them.
Schalke boss Roberto Di Matteo is already aware of Nastasic talent and is likely to make the most if him.
On the other hand, Nastasic also confirmed that he did not leave because of relationship issues with the boss Manuel Pellegrini. He left because he wants to play regular football.
Nastasic is only focusing on a loan move and could return to Etihad if City want him back.
Columnist: Simon Oates