Raffael wants permanent Schalke move
Raffael is intent on turning his loan move to Schalke into a permanent by helping the club qualify for the Champions League again.
The former Hertha Berlin midfielder, 27, arrived on a half-year loan from Ukrainian side Dinamo Kiev for a €1 million fee and - because he has represented them in the competition already - he is ineligible to play for the Royal Blues in the knockout stages of the tournament.
“It is my goal to finish within the top three with Schalke. I hope to be playing Champions League next season,” he told Bild.
“I will accelerate fully over the next half year. I will give it my all to stay here. If Schalke wants to buy me, everything’s worked out already.”
Raffael made his debut as a substitute in Friday’s epic 5-4 win against Hannover, replacing Lewis Holtby in added time. And he hopes the Spurs-bound midfielder opts to remain in the Bundesliga until the summer.
“I’d prefer, he stays. We are stronger with Holtby. Good footballers can also be in the first eleven together,” he said.
Meanwhile, Raffael’s new team-mate Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has expressed regret at Holtby’s decision to depart, but insisted Schalke know what they are doing.
“It is never easy, when a good player leaves the club. He was - most of all during the second half - having a great game against Hannover,” Huntelaar said, before adding: “Our general manager Horst Heldt knows what he is doing.”
Schalke travel to Augsburg at the weekend, they are only two points behind Eintracht Frankfurt, who are fourth.