The main task of Schalke sports director Rouven Schröder was clear last summer: After relegation, as many legacy issues as possible should be given up in order to lower the salary level and adapt it to the second division. One of those affected was Omar Mascarell, who then moved back to his Spanish homeland to join FC Elche.
As the midfielder reveals in an interview with ‘Spox.com’ and ‘Goal.com’, the miners actually wanted to get rid of him a year earlier – without informing him of the plan. “At the beginning of last season, the club offered me to Hertha BSC without my knowledge. Michael Reschke (then Technical Director, editor’s note) then didn’t tell me personally, but only told my consultant that they would like to sell me to Berlin “the 28-year-old is annoyed.
“It hurt a lot”
Mascarell was not happy about the actions of those responsible: “That hurt a lot. I didn’t want to leave. I was the captain at the time and I had the feeling that it would be just wrong to run away at such a time. I made a lot of friends in the team and in the club who mean a lot to me to this day. So why should I have gone? “
Overall, according to the right-footed player, things went haywire in Gelsenkirchen in the turbulent relegation season. His planned sale wasn’t the only time that Mascarell felt he was being treated unfairly: “I honestly have no explanation for the behavior towards me. In the course of the course, they took away my captain’s armband without informing me about it or giving the reasons for it. “
And further: “I was out from one day to the next, it was very bitter. Unfortunately, that’s how football often works. There are a lot of egoists, some just represent their own interests and lapse into actionism – especially when things are going badly. The main thing is that heads roll. “
New start in Spain
In Elche, things are now going much better for Mascarell. At the Spanish first division club, the clearer has a regular place. This is one of the reasons why the former Real Madrid player is relaxed about the future despite his working paper that expires next summer.
“We’ll sit down over the course of the season and talk about what’s best for everyone. I can only say that I feel very comfortable here and that I found a great club with great teammates and a very nice environment. For me, after such a bad year at Schalke, it was just important to get some peace and quiet and have fun with football “, explains Mascarell. The plan seems to be working so far.