Nabil Bentaleb of Schalke
Saturday Feb 17, 2018. 13:30
Algerian midfielder Nabil Bentaleb has come under fire for his attitude at Schalke, with the club’s sporting director saying he “must change”.
The Fennec Foxes player has seen little playing time with the Royal Blues this season, appearing in just seven Bundesliga matches. Bentaleb’s frustrations have led to clashes with Schalke’s technical team.
Coach Domenico Tedesco told a press conference: "It's common knowledge that we've not been happy with Nabil's manner in recent weeks.
"We have now got the squad on board, and have addressed it. It's up to him now, and in a one-to-one everything's good."
Heidel backed his coach and said "team interest is always above individual interest".
He added: "He's not a bad person, but he's over-ambitious. Everything's bad when he's not playing.
"We could win 5-0, but if he were only to feature for 45 minutes he'd make a face as if we had lost 5-0.
"If all of us were to think that way, we'd have a problem. Thank God that's not the case. Nabil must change, and he understands it."