Schalke 04 banned Max Meyer from training and will not select him for first-team action for the remainder of the season claims the Daily Mirror.
Meyer spoke to German newspaper Bild and angrily denied claims from Schalke president Clemens Tonnies that he was moving for money.
“I never cared for the money,” he said, stating that if it was, “I would have accepted the second improved bid,”
“I simply did not want to stay in Schalke and work under [CEO Christian] Heidel. That’s it. In the end, it just feels like I’m being bullied.
“I did not want to come out and talk. I’ve only had enough of always reading something about myself, but neither Heidel nor Tonnies have talked to me.”
The club took to social media to announce their decision. “Max Meyer will no longer participate in first team training or feature for the club this season.”
Schalke, currently second in the Bundesliga, need one more point to guarantee Champions League football next season so the move is not to their immediate disadvantage.
The bizarre move has already been criticised as a cynical ploy in some quarters, with the hierarchy accused of acting petulantly. It’s a move which is hard to see backfiring this late in the season and achieves nothing beyond painting a picture of pettiness.